- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2017

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday President Trump was correct to launch airstrikes in Syria, but said Congress should now pump the brakes so lawmakers can consider what comes next.

“I think it was the right thing to do, but that being said, going forward I think we should have an authorization of military force if in fact there are going to be additional actions taken,” Mrs. Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, said on Fox News.

Others members of Congress are delivering a similar message in the wake of the strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s governments.

Senators are scheduled to get debriefed on the military action Friday by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.

“I think we need a strategy,” said Sen. Rob Portman. “I think this was an appropriate and measured response to an atrocity.”

The Ohio Republican said Assad had “brazenly violated” the 2013 Russia-led agreement that said they had to get rid of all of their chemical weapons.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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