Schiff hits Trump for striking Syria without congressional approval

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff uses Tiananmen anniversary to condemn Trump's response to protests Flynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said President Trump should not have ordered missile strikes on the Syrian regime without congressional approval.

“I don’t think it should have been done without congressional approval,” Schiff told ABC’s “This Week,” referencing last week’s attack on a Syrian military airfield. 

“I don’t think, frankly, Obama should have put troops back in Iraq or in Syria without congressional approval. I don’t think this president should have taken this strike without congressional approval.”


Trump last week ordered the U.S. military to launch missiles on the Syrian airfield believed to have launched a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians. The United States has blamed the attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been entangled in a civil war since 2011.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Trump to come to Congress should he decide to take further military action against Assad.

Schiff on Sunday also said he hopes Trump’s decision to strike the Syrian regime enforces why the president should have a “responsible, respectful relationship with the intelligence community.”

“I hope this underscored for the president why the destructive relationship he’s had had to come to an end,” Schiff said.