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

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSenate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems raise stakes with talk of 'constitutional crisis' 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 PaulO'Rourke: Trump 'provoking' war with Iran by sending troops to Middle East Overnight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE (R-Ky.) and Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE (D-Va.), have called on Trump to come to Congress for approval since last week’s strikes.