Elizabeth Warren: ‘We should not escalate this conflict without clear goals’

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questions U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen during Yellen's testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee June 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony from Yellen on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The following is a statement from US Senator Elizabeth Warren after President Trump authorized missile strikes against Syria Thursday night:

“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.”