Following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will lead missile strikes against the Syrian regime under Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons, members of the GOP came out in waves of support. It seems these republicans forgot their previous stances.
Many Republican congressmen, who had previously opposed interference in Syria under Obama, applauded President Trump for his leadership. Of course, Senator Rob Portman was one of these flip-floppers. Portman tweeted on Friday, April 13 the following:
The senator’s tweet completely switches his previous stances of Syrian strikes when Obama was an office. During a debate regarding the issue on September 10, 2013, Portman said ” I believe an international response is appropriate,” he said. “But I do not believe that the administration’s proposal of a military strike is the right answer. No guarantee that it will prevent Assad’s use of military weapons. I don’t believe it will end the senseless bloodshed in Syria. I don’t believe it will bring stability to a region that is so critical to our national security.”
What’s changed, Rob? Is that your party has become one that turns a blind eye to the decisions made by the President? Or have you completely lost all that was left of your measly spine?
Portman wasn’t the only representative with a historic flip-flop. Back in 2013, Representative Brad Wenstrup signed on to a scathing letter to President Obama interfering in Syria. The letter stated: “We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.” However, Wenstrup had this to say on his Twitter on Friday:
It is clear that Republicans have easily forgotten their stance on Syria when it came to the previous president’s decision, but are easy to turn a blind eye to Trump on his mission to “Make Syria Great Again.”