Daytona Beach, FL– Embry-Riddle University’s ongoing “Speaker Series” continue this past Monday night with Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) climbed into the school’s “jump seat,” so to speak, fielding questions from moderated Marc Bermer and then from the attending audience.
As excepted, liberal Democratic activists showed up waiving anti-Trump signs along the street, while others filled the auditorium in the Willie Miller building and proceeded to heckle the Republican congressman.
The group was respectful throughout the program, but that was only until the Q&A segment, where attendees were allowed to step up to two pre-set microphones and ask the congressman their questions.
The first activist angrily asked DeSantis why he supported President Trump’s recent strike in Syria and not same effort President Obama wanted to make when he was Commander-In-Chief.
DeSantis spelled out that fact that congress was kept in the dark about the recent strike.
“He took the strike, we didn’t even know about it. It was just done, it was done successfully. Great! More power to him.”- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R)
Trump too quick and concise action, but according to DeSantis, President Obama didn’t, and took a more cautious, less definitive approach.
When Obama did it, we were briefed at nauseum,” DeSantis said, adding, “they weren’t able to articulate a concrete objective, and that’s the first thing you have to do .”
“Identify your target, identify what you are trying to achieve. You need a plan to identify what you are going to do. John Kerry came to us and said ‘we re going to use an unbelievable small amount of force. What does that mean?”- Rep. Ron DeSantis (R)
DeSantis then said that past US presidents, both Republican and Democratic, all took “limited action without congressional approval” when using necessary and immediate military action.
Presidents have the authority to use military force without congressional approval, but a formal declaration of war needs congressional approval.
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