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Dem lawmaker resurfaces 2013 Trump tweet criticizing Obama for Syrian airstrikes

Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) on Friday resurfaced an old tweet from President Trump criticizing his predecessor for striking Syria without congressional approval after Trump announced his own military strikes in Syria.

Trump authorized airstrikes in Syria on Friday in retaliation for an apparent chemical weapons attack the U.S. has blamed on Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Nadler said he agreed with the measure but said Trump needed to get congressional approval for such an action.

Nadler resurfaced several old Trump tweets in which he slammed former President Obama for authorizing similar airstrikes.

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“The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!” Trump tweeted in August 2013.

“What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval,” Trump wrote in another tweet around the same time.

Nadler called Assad a “monster who committed war crimes against his own people” but said that doesn’t give Trump the authority to retaliate without informing Congress. 

“As I said in 2013, under Pres. Obama, Constitution requires congressional authorization for use of military force in Syria,” Nadler tweeted. “Previous 9/11-related authorization doesn’t cover strike on Syrian gov’t. @realDonaldTrump’s actions tonight appear to be unlawful if not unconstitutional.”

Vice President Pence, who is in Lima, Peru, returned to his hotel on Friday night to make secure phone calls to congressional leaders to inform them about the strikes in Syria.

Pence’s deputy chief of staff and communications director told reporters that Pence spoke with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ahead of Trump’s announcement of the strikes in Syria.

Pence also spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the aide said. An aide to the vice president sent an email to staff for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who was on a flight and unable to connect by phone, according to pool reports. 

Tags airstrikes Charles Schumer Donald Trump Jerry Nadler Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi Paul Ryan President Obama President Trump Syria trump twitter

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