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Sen. Ernst: Congress Must Be Involved in Further Syria Action

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By    |   Monday, 16 April 2018 08:04 AM

Congress needs to update its authorization for the use of military force, but President Donald Trump had the authority to order airstrikes, with the assistance of the United Kingdom and France, on three chemical weapons facilities in Syria, Sen. Joni Ernst said Monday.

"I'm glad that he did it," the Iowa Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Anything additional to that, we need to address this [in] Congress."

Meanwhile, additional sanctions will be enacted following the chemical attack on April 7 that left dozens of people, including women and children, dead in a Damascus suburb, and that is also part of the discussions that will be needed in Congress, she said.

"It's a very difficult situation, having Russia and Iran involved in that," said Ernst.

Trump, about a week before the chemical attack, said he wanted to remove troops from Syria as soon as possible, and Ernst, a former combat veteran and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, said she agrees with him.

"We do need regional stability," she said. "I know that's a difficult issue," as the United States still has troops fighting ISIS in Syria, while the matter of Syrian President Bashar Assad is a "secondary issue."

Ernst said she does believe Friday night's airstrikes were about the right scale, as Russia and Iran are also involved in the Syria matter.

"If the president wants to do more, again, we need to come back as Congress and have those very hard discussions," she said. "[Russian and Iran] are two countries that obviously make things very difficult for us."

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Sen. Joni Ernst said Monday Congress needs to update its authorization for the use of military force, but President Donald Trump had the authority to order airstrikes, with the assistance of the United Kingdom and France.
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