Sen. Bob Corker criticized the president’s decision to not seek congressional approval for the administration’s strategy to confront the Islamic State, saying the decision is “extremely lacking in judgment.”
President Barack Obama will give a televised address Wednesday evening to announce a three-part strategy that includes airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to news reports. On Tuesday, he told congressional leaders his plans and that he already has the authority he needs to conduct a sustained military campaign.
Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned the decision on CNN this week.
“I think the president should come to Congress and ask for the authorization for the use of force,” he said. “I don’t think he’s going to ask for that, and I’m dismayed by that.
“I think most people here want to deal with ISIS in a strong manner that exterminates them. But I think not seeking that approval on the front end is extremely lacking in judgment,” Corker added.