Cardin: We did not see 'coherent policy' from Trump on Syria

Cardin: We did not see 'coherent policy' from Trump on Syria

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate panel votes to repeal Iraq war authorizations Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (D-Md.) on Sunday said he has not seen a "coherent policy" from the Trump administration on how to deal with Syria.

"What we saw was a reaction to the use of chemical weapons, something I think many of us supported," Cardin said on "Fox News Sunday."  

"But what we did not see is a coherent policy on how we're going to deal with the civil war and also deal with ISIS."


His comments come after the U.S. launched a missile strike on a Syrian military air base Thursday night.

The strike was in retaliation for a chemical attack in northern Syria that the U.S. has blamed on the administration of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a recent interview the first priority in Syria is to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He said it's important the country keeps its priorities straight, noting that by "defeating ISIS and removing their caliphate from control, we've now eliminated at least or minimized a particular threat not just to the United States, but to the whole stability in their region."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also said the U.S. is prepared to take further military action against Syria if necessary.