We set out to design a set of surveys to measure the extent to which public opinion—or, perhaps more accurately, the public’s moral intuition—aligns with legal considerations regarding the use of force. Our results surprised us.
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Below is a transcript of President Trump's remarks announcing airstrikes in Syria this evening. The government has also released an assessment of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also included below.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 13, 2018
Airstrikes raise serious legal and practical concerns.
The Trump administration has fallen short in meeting Congress’s demands for transparency on the legal basis for its actions in Syria, despite relevant legal requirements. It’s time for Congress to step up its oversight efforts.