Rep. Jordan: Action in Syria ‘should be debated in Congress’

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Rod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress: Farewell time for reporters but not testimony House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power MORE (R-Ohio) stressed on Thursday that military action in Syria "should be debated in Congress," but acknowledged that Syrian President Bashar Assad's actions in the country "deserves some kind of response."

"It seems to me that you've got to have a debate in Congress, that's what the Constitution clearly spells out. Let's have that debate," Jordan told CNN host Chris Cuomo on "New Day" when asked if lawmakers would assert their constitutional authority on war powers. "Something of this magnitude should be debated."

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE said Monday that his administration would make a response "very quickly" to an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in Syria, which the West has pinned on Assad. 

A potential U.S military strike in Syria has raised concerns by lawmakers of both parties, who have cautioned that the executive branch is not constitutionally allowed to declare war.

"But I also understand what Assad did, this is as evil and as wrong as it gets, and it deserves some kind of response," Jordan added, saying that the Founding Fathers envisioned such decisions being weighed in public by elected representatives.

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