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Rep. Hollingsworth Says Congress Must Approve Long-Term Syrian Conflict

Congressman Trey Hollingworth says he wants to ensure that the U.S. military has an "unfair advantage" in any fight against Syria.

INDIANAPOLIS -- After last Friday's missile strike against Syria that was ordered by President Trump, Indiana's 9th District Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R) says he agrees with the President's decision, but says any long-term conflict should require congressional approval.

"What I hear from Hoosiers all the way across the 9th [Congressional District] is they want a President who's willing to say, this is what America will accept and this is what America won't accept," says Congressman Hollingsworth in an interview Tuesday with Tony Katz on 93 WIBC in Indianapolis.

"If this becomes a broader conflict, I want President Trump and others to come to Congress and say this is what we need to resource this fight appropriately," says Rep. Hollingworth, who says he wants to ensure that the U.S. military has an "unfair advantage" in warfare.

"[Congress Republicans] want the President to come to us.  Not because it's a 'mother-may-I' situation, but because I want to make sure [Congress is] consulted when it becomes a broader engagement.  When it becomes something that we are there for a long time," says Congressman Hollingsworth.

When it comes to President Trump's tariffs against products shipped into the U.S. from China, Rep. Hollingsworth says the needs to balance economic terms with the Chinese government, but not at the sacrifice of Hoosier farmers and business owners.

"I don't want to see [the tariffs against China] go any further than this.  And, I would like to see more productive conservations about how we resolve this going forward," says Rep. Hollingworth.

 

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