Trump Tells Congress US Will Take Additional Action To Further National Interest In Syria


Trump Tells Congress US Will Take Additional
Action To Further National Interest In Syria by Tyler Durden On Saturday afternoon, Trump sent a letter
to member of Congress, informing them about the US missile strike against the Syrian Air
Force base, and stating that the US will take additional action to further the country�s
national interests, the White House said Saturday. In the letter Trump explained his decision
to launch an attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria, as one meant to avert a �humanitarian
catastrophe� and explained the targeting of the airfield because US “intelligence indicates
that Syrian military forces operating from this airfield were responsible for the chemical
weapons attack on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province, Syria, that occurred on April
4,� Trump wrote in the letter. “I directed this action in order to degrade
the Syrian military’s ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the
Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability
of the region and averting a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe.” Most notable is Trump’s claim that he acted
�in the vital national security and foreign policy interests of the United States,�
and his promise that the US “will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further
its important national interests.” Full text of Trump’s letter to the Speaker
of the House and the President of the Senate: April 8. 2017 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) At approximately 8:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight
Time on April 6, 2017, at my direction, United States military forces in the Mediterranean
Sea, operating beyond the territorial sea of any state, struck the Shayrat military
airfield in Syria. United States intelligence indicates that
Syrian military forces operating from this airfield were responsible for the chemical
weapons attack on Syrian civilians in southern Idlib Province, Syria, that occurred on April
4. I directed this action in order to degrade
the Syrian military’s ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the
Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability
of the region and averting a worsening of the region’s current humanitarian catastrophe. I acted in the vital national security and
foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional authority to
conduct foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive. The United States will take additional action,
as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests. I am providing this report as part of my efforts
to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law
93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in
this action. Sincerely, It was not immediately clear if Congress will
demand that it pre-clears any future air strikes against Syria, should Trump continue his military
campaign. As a reminder, the he US strike came before
the UN or the OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog, could investigate the incident and the allegation
the Assad was behind the attack as the media claimed . Washington rushed to accuse the
Syrian government for the suspected chemical attack. In 2003 it rushed to invade Iraq because it
“had weapons of mass destruction.”

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