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Unconstitutional for Trump to bomb Syria

Following the April 4 chemical attack, the president expressed his concerns about the humanitarian crisis: "Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children--even beautiful babies," and then launched cruise missiles. There is no doubt that that the use of chemical weapons against civilians in northern Syria was illegal and immoral. However, the ACLU objected to President Trump unilaterally launching strikes without advance congressional authorization. The Constitution is clear that only Congress can declare war and authorize the use of our armed forces, absent an emergency need to stop a sudden attack. And because the United Nations Security Council did not authorize the action, the strikes also violated the United Nations Charter.
Source: ACLU 2017 voting recommendation on hiring freeze , Apr 4, 2017

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