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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Jayapal Statement on Trump Airstrikes in Syria

April 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria:

“President Trump has just conducted another set of unconstitutional strikes. He does not have the power to take these actions without consulting Congress. Only Congress – not the White House – has the power to declare war.

“Tonight’s airstrikes are not a long term plan to resolve the Syrian crisis, and they will do little to stop a dictator like Assad from repeating his crimes against humanity.

"We need a considered, debated, real strategy to end the violence in Syria and protect innocent people from dying. These airstrikes are not only unconstitutional, they are dangerously escalating a conflict that could send us into a war with multiple countries.  

“This is a debate that must take place in Congress immediately, and we should be clear that the President has exceeded the authority afforded to him by the Constitution."