Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., argued Syrian President Bashar Assad is effectively insulting President Trump by continuing to launch missions against rebel groups from the air base Trump struck with missiles on Thursday.
“Here’s what I think Assad’s telling Trump by flying from this base: ‘F- you,'” Graham said Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Graham, a frequent Trump critic, said he was heartened to see the president take action against the Assad regime this week in response to its chemical attack on civilians days earlier.
“I’ve never been more encouraged by the Trump administration than I am today,” Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican, who has long advocated hawkish foreign policy positions, argued Trump did not need to ask members of Congress for permission to pursue additional military action in Syria.
“I think the president has authorization to use force,” Graham said, citing Assad’s violation of an international treaty that should have seen Syria surrender its chemical weapons stockpile by 2014.
“I don’t intend to vote for anything that limits our ability” to fight the Islamic State or the Assad regime, Graham said.
A number of lawmakers in both parties have called on the Trump administration to seek an official authorization for the use of military force from Congress before taking any more military steps in Syria.
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