Sen. King: Trump needs Congress to sign off on new military action

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingBipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year New intel chief inherits host of challenges Senators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings MORE (I-Maine) said Monday that putting boots on the ground in Syria would be a mistake and argued President Trump must come to Congress for approval before taking additional military action against the Syrian regime.

“It is such a complicated situation, but if we try to go in with troops, and some people have advocated that, I think that would be a huge mistake. That’s what ISIS wants. They want to bog us down in a land war in Syria, if you will,” King told CNN’s “New Day,” referring to the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria.


King emphasized the need for the administration to form a strategy in the wake of last week’s missile strike on the Syrian airfield believed to the be the launching point of a deadly chemical weapons attack, which U.S. and other Western officials have pinned Syrian President Bashar Assad. The strike was the first time the U.S. has directly hit Syria's military, which has been embroiled in a civil war against opposition groups ranging from moderate rebels to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations.

“There’s got to be some strategy. And come to Congress. Clearly the authorization from 2001 doesn’t apply in this situation,” King added, referencing the 2001 authorization for use of military force passed by Congress following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Lawmakers in both parties, including Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (R-Ky.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineA lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Warren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup MORE (D-Va.), have called on Trump to come to Congress for approval since last week’s strikes.