Senators are giving Trump space to consider responses to Syrian chemical attack

Senators are giving Trump space to consider responses to Syrian chemical attack


By:  Leandra Bernstein
ABC 7 Washington

Senators are giving President Donald Trump a lot of leeway to craft a response to the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, suspected to have been carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) believes President Trump does have the authority to conduct a limited, specific military strike in Syria before getting authority from Congress, but such an approach will not change conditions on the ground.

"A symbolic strike doesn't change the suffering of the Syrian people," Menendez said, arguing that the only effective route is "changing Russia and Iran's calculus." Imposing harsh economic sanctions, particularly targeting Russia, would make it clear "there are consequences for propping up Assad and letting him get away with this brutality," Menendez said.

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