GOP rep: Trump doesn’t need congressional approval for military action in Syria

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP rep deployed to southern border with Air National Guard unit GOP rep: Trump needs to ‘quit complimenting Kim Jong Un’ GOP compares Ocasio-Cortez to Trump MORE (R-Ill.) on Tuesday said he doesn’t believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE needs to seek congressional approval before taking military action in response to the recent chemical attack in Syria.

“Look, if he came to Congress, obviously I’d support it. I don’t think he needs to,” Kinzinger said while citing the War Powers Act on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I think on something that’s limited like this he has the authority to act, especially on an issue like enforcing the nonuse of chemical weapons,” he continued. "I think Congress would be supportive, though.”


The comments come after a reported chemical weapons attack early Sunday killed dozens of people — including women and children — in the rebel-controlled town of Douma, Syria.

Trump said Monday he would decide how the U.S. would respond to the chemical weapons attack “over the next 24 to 48 hours.” He also suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, “may” share responsibility for the attack.

Russia brushed aside claims of the chemical attack, calling them a “fabrication.”

Last weekend’s chemical attack came almost a year to the day after Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to another chemical attack that killed more than 80 people.

Kinzinger said Tuesday that he believes Trump’s response a year ago was the right move and called for a similar action this time around.

"Congress is not commander in chief, there's one person who is commander in chief, and that's the president," Kinzinger said. "Our job is to give financial resources to execute these kinds of missions and to declare if a state of war exists according to the Constitution." 

Other lawmakers, including GOP Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 New act can help us grapple with portion of exploding national debt MORE (Utah), have said Trump must get Congress's approval before using force in Syria.