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Video: Sen. Kaine Rips Trump’s “Illegal,” “Reckless” Syria Strikes; Says “President Trump is not a king”; Will Oppose Mike Pompeo for Sec. State

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See below for video of Sen. Tim Kaine commenting on whether Trump has the power to take military action without a Congressional declaration of war. His answer? “President Trump is not a king, he’s a president; he’s supposed to come to Congress to seek permission to initiate a war…they’ve been following these chemical attacks for months, they clearly had time to come to Congress to seek our permission”). Sen. Kaine adds, “it’s illegal because he didn’t come and ask permission” and “reckless because…there isn’t a strategy…are we staying there now to topple Assad, to counter Iran, to check Russia, to help the Kurds, to buttress Israel, to rebuild our relationship with Turkey?”

On the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, Sen. Kaine says he’s decided to vote no, because “we have a president who is anti-diplomacy, and I worry that Mike Pompeo has shown the same tendency to oppose diplomacy…he spoke about the relative ease of wiping out Iran’s nuclear capacity with a bombing run.”

Finally, on James Comey’s ridiculous justification for reopening the investigation into the Clinton emails, that she’d definitely be elected president, Sen. Kaine said the FBI followed their rules with respect to Trump but NOT with Clinton – “there was a clear double standard…Jim Comey is a good man who made a very consequential blunder.”