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 McConnellHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 GrahamSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-S.C.), who called them “underwhelming.”

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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 ErnstDrug price outrage threatens to be liability for GOP Progressive groups target eight GOP senators in ad campaign ahead of impeachment trial GOP senators introduce resolution to change rules, dismiss impeachment without articles 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.