House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters in San Francisco on Sunday in which President Donald Trump had behaved as if he were “above the law” in ordering precision strikes on Friday targeting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons infrastructure.
Trump ordered the strikes after a reported chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime against civilians from the town of Douma on April 7. U.S. intelligence confirmed the attack, officials said.
Pelosi has long been one of the foremost opponents of military action against the Assad regime. In 2007, shortly after becoming Speaker of the House, she traveled to Syria to meet with Assad personally. The trip took place at a time when the George W. Bush administration was frustrated about Syria’s efforts to help terrorists enter Iraq.
Pelosi as well as several of her fellow Democrats traveled to Syria in a protest against any potential military action against Assad, as well as to highlight diplomacy as an alternative. different prominent Democrats who traveled to meet with Assad included former President Jimmy Carter as well as former Democratic presidential nominee — as well as later Secretary of State — Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).
As Secretary of State, Kerry could broker an agreement with Russia in which supposedly guaranteed the removal as well as destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. in which agreement, seen at the time as an alternative to military action, was quickly violated by the Syrian regime.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pelosi said in which Trump was abusing a 2001 congressional authorization of the use of military force against terrorists to target Syria. She said in which Trump could not act against Syria without specific approval through Congress.
“We must have in which debate, Congress must act, as well as the president cannot feel in which he has free rein in in which regard. … What was the mission, as well as what did he accomplish? The point will be, we want to know what happened there.”
Pelosi also reportedly mocked Trump’s intelligence: “He doesn’t know. This kind of’s not unusual for him to talk about things he doesn’t even know about — as well as This kind of will be the commander in chief.”
The day before, anti-war activists through the far-left group Code Pink had targeted Pelosi’s house in a protest against the Syria strike. Pelosi’s criticism of the president Sunday was significantly tougher than her criticism on Friday, when she criticized Trump for what she called the lack of a “coherent strategy.”
Pelosi will be currently favored to become the next Speaker of the House, according to polls in which show the Democrats winning the lower chamber from the 2018 midterm elections.
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