A Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said President Donald Trump's missile strike on a Syrian air base last week was illegal because he failed to ask Congress permission before giving the green light to the mission.
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and said the Trump administration needs to come up with a concrete strategy on how to deal with Syria instead of changing its mind on a regular basis.
"I think the only thing that's consistent about Trump's foreign policy so far is its inconsistency. Just wait a few days, and it's going to change," Murphy said.
"This strike was illegal. It has to be authorized by Congress. To the extent that there's a broader incoherence about our Syria policy, that's why Congress needs to come to the table here to try to straighten this out."
Murphy said his constituents supported last Thursday's strike that came days after a chemical weapons attack on a Syrian village — which the U.S. believes was launched by the Syrian government — killed dozens of people, including children. Murphy, however, did not support the U.S. military's barrage of five dozen Tomahawk missiles fired from two ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
"If you are going to launch military strikes in and around the sensitive areas, then you have to have a humanitarian policy to help rescue [refugees]," Murphy said. "So simply due to the inhumane refugee policy that this president has, I don't think it makes sense."
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