Senators to get briefing on Syria strikes Friday

Greg Nash

The Senate will get a closed-door briefing on the United States’ military strikes targeting Syria. 

“We will have a briefing on this matter later today,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor on Friday.
The closed-door briefing with administration officials comes after the U.S. military launched missile strikes on Thursday night in response to a chemical attack that U.S. and Western officials have attributed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The strike targeted Shayrat Air Base near the city of Homs, where the chemical attack allegedly originated, reportedly killing seven people. 
{mosads}McConnell’s office wasn’t immediately able to say who from the Trump administration will brief senators. 
The briefing comes after the House left town for a two-week recess. The Senate is currently scheduled to leave town later Friday and not return to Washington until April 24.
Lawmakers in both parties have been largely supportive of the strikes but have urged the Trump administration to consult more closely with Congress on any next steps in Syria. 
McConnell added on Friday that Vice President Pence told him of the Trump administration’s decision. 
The Kentucky Republican said he supported the airstrikes, saying it was “clearly well considered.” 
“In the days ahead I’m committed to working wth the administration to continue developing a counter-ISIL strategy that hastens the defeat of ISIL and establishes objectives for dealing with the Assad regime in a manner that preserves the institutions of government in an effort to prevent a failed state,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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