Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has denounced US President Donald Trump for ordering a military strike against government targets in Syria, saying it could suck the United States into a years-long quagmire. "We rebuild the Democratic party with strong leaders like Jane Kleeb bringing the grassroots into party", said Senator Bernie Sanders.
Responding to news of USA military strikes against government forces in Syria, Vermont's Congressional delegation expressed the need for caution and Congressional involvement.
In a letter to Congress, Mr Trump said the United States would "take additional action, as necessary and appropriate".
Trump last week ordered the USA military to conduct missile strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the launching point of a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians. Both senators stopped short of criticizing Trump for authorizing air strikes Thursday.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said Syrian leader Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own citizens in violation of worldwide conventions and moral standards makes him a war criminal.
"We are a nation where you're not supposed to initiate military action, start war, without a plan that's presented to and approved by Congress", he said. "Let's get Congress involved in this debate". "Congress has a responsibility to weigh in on these issues". US officials say the airstrip was used to launch the chemical attack. "When used it should be in self-defense or part of a larger strategy in conjunction with our worldwide partners, and with the broad support of the American people".
"He is a war criminal who will be held accountable for his barbaric actions", Welch said in a statement. But, the senior senator added, "We must keep in mind that we have learned that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force, especially unilateral military force".