Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Statement on Trump’s Airstrikes against Syria

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike against Syria:

“By ordering airstrikes against the Syrian regime in response to its horrific use of chemical weapons, President Trump has moved America deeper into the Syrian conflict. Make no mistake – a military attack against another country is an act of war. And regardless of how good or compelling the reasons may be, a declaration of war is a Constitutional responsibility assigned to the Congress – not the President’s alone. Military attacks against other nations have consequences. And the founders were very clear in not wanting to give Presidents unilateral authority to make these grave decisions. Speaker Ryan has a profound obligation to immediately reconvene the Congress so we can fully debate and vote on this matter. And President Trump has an equally profound and important obligation to present us with a clear plan of objectives for this escalation.”