"I am very unnerved by what I hear and see," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who said that informing about the strikes made him more disturbing, not less. The government is "taking a dangerous path" with Syria, he said, offering no details.
Washington, along with London and Paris, launched air strikes on an attack on the rebel stronghold of Douma on 7 April in the early hours of the morning on 7 April, which killed around 75 people, including children the exposure of chemical weapons.
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Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons left the meeting and told reporters, "The only thing worse than a bad plan for Syria is not a plan for Syria, and the president and his government do not have a coherent plan on this path submitted forward. "
" I think it's important that we engage with Syria and seek a diplomatic solution, "Coons said. "If we withdraw completely, our influence on any diplomatic solution or reconstruction or any hope of Syria will go to Assad."
Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who quarrels with Trump over foreign affairs issues, left the briefing and told reporters, "I think the government's plans are to end the efforts against IS and not (then) be involved."
Corker went on to say, "Syria is now Russia and Iran, they will determine the future, we may be at the table, but if you are just talking and having nothing to do with shaping the event, it is you even talking. "
Asked if he thought the government should act more militarily to shape events on the ground, Corker said," They will not do it, I understand it will not happen It's just not gonna happen We have to make a lot of effort from our military, and I just do not believe the American people are here right now. "
The government informed the senators how the UN Security Council was having its own session on the Situation in Syria. The strikes on Douma have spurred tensions between the US, its allies and Russia. When the Moscow Ambassador accused the US of defeating a sovereign country, Kelly Currie, Deputy US Deputy Representative, shot back and accused Russia of distracting from the atrocities committed by the Assad regime.
While the US is following ISIS and "In fact, the Syrian people achieved lasting gains, the Assad regime was busy bombing civilians in places like Aleppo, Idlib and East Ghouta," Currie said.
"The United States will not stop focusing on the road to that goal, no matter how many times our Russian counterparts convene these cynically thin disguised distractions," Currie said.
Coons declined to offer details of the secret meeting that was open to all senators. But the legislators of the House of Representatives, who emerged from their own all-member information in a secure facility in the Capitol building, said the administrative officials focused on their legal justifications for the air strikes and targets.
A broader strategy has been little discussed by the Syrian regime or additional military or diplomatic efforts, they said.
"We certainly got additional insights into the alignment of the facilities, what we knew about what we knew about the attack, what these facilities were used for, and what actions took place between the date of the president's announcement we wanted to strike, and when we went on strike, we got additional granularity, "said Canadian Democrat Adam Schiff.
Rep. John Garamendi, a California Republican, argued that Article 2 was too broad, and he feared it could be used for further action in other regions. He told reporters, "This justification allows the president to make war anywhere, anytime, anywhere by simply saying that it is in national security interests."
Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon on Tuesday Albania, said that the US and its allies had prevented "what we thought was right" the use of chemical weapons.
"I hope this time the Assad regime got the message," Mattis said.
Washington and its allies say they have clear evidence that Syria was responsible for the attack and blamed Russia for its complicity. Meanwhile, Moscow has said that the devastation in Douma has been counterfeited by foreign intelligence agencies seeking justification for the attack on Syria.
On Tuesday Russian state media reported that the Russian military had discovered a chemical laboratory and warehouse in Douma that allegedly belonged to "militant" members.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied that the Douma site has been tampered with, while a representative of the Russian military said on Monday that OVCW inspectors will reach Douma on Wednesday.
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