Sen. Warren: Syrian regime must be held accountable, but…

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Holding a transcript of her speech in the Senate Chamber, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reacts to being rebuked by the Senate leadership and accused of impugning a fellow senator, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the attorney general nominee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Warren was barred from saying anything more […]

(WWLP) –  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released a statement Thursday night regarding the U.S. military strike in Syria.

Warren began by commenting on the chemical attack in Syria earlier this week saying, “the use of chemical weapons against innocent Syrian men, women and children is a clear violation of international law.”

The Democrat then said the Syrian regime must be held accountable for such a horrific act.However, she warned that if President Donald Trump plans on expanding military intervention in Syria, “he owes the American people an explanation of his strategy” and that “we should not escalate this conflict without clear goals and a plan to achieve them.” 

Read Warren’s full statement below:

“The use of chemical weapons ‎against innocent Syrian men, women, and children is a clear violation of international law. The Syrian regime must be held accountable for this horrific act, and its actions underscore why the United States should embrace innocent people who are fleeing in terror.

“But the Constitution gives the power to authorize the use of military force to the legislative branch. Expanded military intervention in Syria requires action by Congress. If President Trump expects such an authorization, he owes the American people an explanation of his strategy to bring an end to the violence in Syria. We should not escalate this conflict without clear goals and a plan to achieve them.”

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