Some aksing for Congressional role amid uncertainty of Trump administration strategy overseas

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 23:56:20-04

These latest military strikes in Afghanistan and Syria have some in Wisconsin asking for a clearer strategy from the Trump administration.

There are also calls for Congress to have a bigger say in the process.

Experts say the United States' agenda with Russia is murky at best.

"Russia has stepped up its support of the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria," explains former US Ambassador Christopher Murray, who was recently visiting Lawrence University in Appleton. "Russia has been developing new, intermediate-range missile that violates the 1987 INF treaty. On top of that, we have the meddling in the U.S. election, which appears to be very, very significant." 

With Thursday's dropping of an 11-ton bomb in Afghanistan, some are wondering if it's a sign of more to come.

"The question now is: Should Trump have that authorization?" asks political science professor emeritus Michael Kraft. "Or, is he free to do whatever he judges to be required at some point?"

Murray says the Trump administration has access to strong intelligence.

"There are many experienced people in the military, and the intelligence communities, the state department," says Murray, "who have been looking at these issues for a very long time, and the menu of options that could be placed in front of the president will, in part, be a function of how things unfold."

But some say Congress should still be a deciding factor.

Wisconsin's freshman Republican Congressman, Mike Gallagher, is vocal in his support of Trump's strike on Syria.

"I think it was the right decision," says Gallagher in a previous interview with NBC26.

Kraft says lawmakers should still be talking options. 

"They may want to put some conditions on how far can he go before getting congressional authorization," says Kraft, "which again, President Obama said [he] need[s] congressional authorization to get involved in Syria. He never got that authorization." 

Members of Congress are currently in a 2-week recess.

Congressman Gallagher has been vocal in his opposition to the break.