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Lib Senators on Syria: WH Must Come to Congress With Plan for Authorization

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Sens. Bernies Sanders and Tim Kaine (Photos Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and AP)

By    |   Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 12:35 PM

Two Senators, one Democrat and one Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, on Sunday demanded that President Donald Trump come before Congress to seek approval before any other actions against Syria.

In separate interviews on NBC News' "Meet The Press," Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said they wanted to hear what the White House strategy is for Syria.

"I think he has got to come to the United States Congress," Sanders said. "I think he has got to explain to us what his longterm goals are."

"Our goal longterm has got to be to work with countries around the world," he added. "We cannot do it unilaterally. We’ve got to work with countries around the world for a political solution to get rid of [Syria leader Bashar al-Assad) to finally bring peace and stability to this country that has been so decimated."

Kaine, who in 2013 voted for limited strikes on the Assad regime after a chemical attack at the time, also wants the president to seek approval from Congress before any military action.

"We are a nation where you’re not supposed to initiate military action, start war, without a plan that’s presented to and approved by Congress," Kaine told host Chuck Todd in a separate interview on the Sunday morning program.

"That makes us different than virtually any nation in the world. The idea of the drafters of our Constitution was that you had to put a check against an executive gone wild. We don't have a system where the president just gets to launch missiles against anybody they want to. And they haven't presented a plan to Congress and asked for our approval. That's what they've got to do."

Kaine added that Trump didn't say the nation was under "imminent threat."

"We had a briefing by the White House on Friday" after the missile strike in Syria, he said.

"They still presented us with no plan. We don't know if it's limited or whether there's more. And when we asked about the legal authorization, they said they weren't prepared to discuss that, but they hoped to discuss it in the coming days."

"Our system is we don't want a president, any president, just being able to start a war or launch missiles whenever they want. There's got to be congressional approval."

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