McConnell: Syria strikes were 'appropriate and measured'

McConnell: Syria strikes were 'appropriate and measured'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTwo years after Harvey's devastation, the wake-up call has not been heeded McGrath releases ad blasting McConnell with coal miners in Kentucky: 'Which side are you on?' Prediction: 2020 election is set to be hacked, if we don't act fast MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE’s military response to the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria.

McConnell said he approved of the decision by Trump, along with British and French allies, to launch over 100 missiles against Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons network.

“I personally found it an appropriate and measured response to the use of chemical weapons,” McConnell said when asked about Trump’s legal justification for authorizing military action.

Some Republicans have criticized the missile strike, such as Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhat would John McCain do? Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts MORE (R-S.C.), who called them “underwhelming.”

Other Republicans have called for Congress to vote on a resolution authorizing military force in the Middle East to clear up confusion over Trump’s legal basis for launching attacks.

Others such as Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstBill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead Five things to know about David Koch A cash advance to consider MORE (R-Iowa) have called on the administration to explain its plan for Syria.

McConnell on Tuesday said the president was right to act.

“If Syria uses chemical weapons again, I hope the president will do the same thing,” he says.