U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, and two Democratic U.S. Senate colleagues are urging President Donald Trump to make a “clear and compelling case” before undertaking any major military action in Syria.
In a letter to the president, Reed and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL and Bob Menendez, D-NJ, said the president should provide a “legal basis for any potential or anticipated military action in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime in Douma on April 7th.”
“The use of U.S. Military capabilities to conduct offensive action against another nation is a momentous decision that poses serious risks to the lives of U.S. military personnel and the possibility of escalation into a broader conflict,” stated the letter from the senators to the president. “This issue is of critical importance and the American people should be fully informed about your rationale for deploying American military power and the objectives of any U.S. military action in Syria.”
Reed, Durbin and Menendez also said it is incumbent upon the Trump Administration to make a “clear and compelling legal case” before ordering any military action absent a “specific authorization for the use of military force by Congress.”