Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Sanders launches first TV ads in Nevada MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Trump did not have the authority to launch missile strikes on the Syrian regime and called on the president to seek approval from Congress before any other actions.

“I think he has got to come to the United States Congress. I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are,” Sanders told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Trump last week ordered the U.S. military to conduct missile strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the launching point of a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians. The United States has placed blame for the attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have since called on Trump to seek congressional approval before future military action.

“Our goal long-term has got to work with countries around the world. We cannot do it unilaterally,” Sanders said on Sunday. 

“We’ve got to work with countries around the world for a political solution to get rid of this guy to finally bring peace and stability to this country that has been so decimated,” he said, referring to Assad.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThis week: Senate barrels toward showdown on impeachment witnesses Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Senate Dems to Pompeo: Comments about NPR reporter 'insulting and contemptuous' MORE (D-Va.), who in 2013 voted for limited strikes on the Assad regime after a chemical attack at the time, also called on Trump to seek approval from Congress during a Sunday appearance on NBC. 

“We are a nation where you’re not supposed to initiate military action, start war, without a plan that’s presented to and approved by congress,” Kaine told “Meet the Press.”