While President Donald Trump gets ready to get tough on Syria following reports of new chemical attacks, one of his most stalwart defenders in the U.S. House is not buying the story and is urging Trump not to start another war.
There is No congressional authorization to strike the government of Syria. #Constitution
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 8, 2018
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) re-tweeted an interview that he gave a year ago as well, during the last time that Syrian President Bashir al-Assad allegedly launched a chemical attack on his own people. Massie said that the clip is as relevant today as it was then.
— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) April 5, 2017
Massie also re-posted a string of tweets from his colleague, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) that he called “a tactical strike” on the fake news that is being circulated by neoconservative war hawks on Twitter.
You’re going to hear and read the false, tired assertion that the War Powers Resolution (or Act) allows the president to take offensive military action without congressional approval for 60-90 days. Here’s why that’s not true:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 10, 2018
Before Trump was President, he posted tweets echoing similar sentiments as Massie and Amash. Trump called for a lawful declaration of war by Congress and largely warned against action in Syria.
We should stay the hell out of Syria, the “rebels” are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2013
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2013
Massie hopes that Trump regains the common sense that he had before he assumed power in the White House and listens to founding-era revolutionaries including George Washington who stood firmly against preemptive, undeclared war.
“The Constitution vests the power of declaring War with Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject, and authorised such a measure.”
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 9, 2018
Originally Published at Populist Brief.