REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON TRUMP THREAT AGAINST ASSAD

June 27, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement following an ominous statement from the White House about President Bashar Assad “paying a heavy price” if he launches another chemical weapons attack in the midst of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

"Assad is a murderous dictator who has taken heinous actions against his own people.  The Constitution of the United States, however, requires that Congress authorize war or the use of force before the President can attack another country.  The recent White House statement, to the extent it is meant to threaten Assad with the use of force, has no legal basis.  The White House admits that the US is in Syria to eliminate ISIS.  But that is an entirely different rationale than attacking Assad and Syria, a country which has not attacked the US.  Unless Congress authorizes Trump to attack Assad, any use of force other than in self-defense against the Assad regime would be unauthorized and unconstitutional."

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