The View co-hosts Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin are at odds over whether President Donald Trump should have sought congressional authorization for the Syrian military strike.
Trump ordered the missile strikes Thursday, April 6, something Bila said she “loved” on the Friday edition of the daytime talk show.
When Hostin contended that Trump wasn’t allowed to execute such a decision without congressional approval, co-host Joy Behar sided with her.
“If he had not gone to Congress — President [Barack] Obama — they would’ve impeached him,” Behar said before noting Trump’s ties with Russia, whose leader, Vladimir Putin, supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“Can I clear this up about the law?” Hostin said. “Because, the bottom line is, if you look at the War Powers Resolution of 1973, it made it very clear that a president cannot unilaterally act like this without Congress. … President Trump did not have the authority to do this without Congress.”
“Any legal authority would disagree with you, Sunny,” Bila said.
“They can disagree, but they would be wrong,” Hostin replied.
The dispute continued with Hostin sharing that Trump stated Obama should not act without Congress in 2013, causing co-host Paula Faris to doubt Hostin’s sympathy.
“If you can’t allow yourself to be affected by looking at those pictures of those children not being able to breathe and the children dying, you have to question your humanity,” Faris said.
“I think it showed a dictator,” Hostin said. “It showed someone who was willing to unilaterally act without Congress, and we’ve got to be very careful with that, because what is his plan?”
Bila countered by pointing out Hillary Clinton’s call for the United States to “take out” Assad’s airfields.
“There’s a reason that around the [world], you have people that represent our allies saying, ‘Thank you,’ because America is a leader in this free world.”
The fiery back-and-forth spurred many to share their thoughts on the matter, especially when it came children’s lives being threatened.
Been pics of Syrians dying for years and Trump's response was to ban them from this country. #donttrusttrump #TheView #SyriaStrikes
— Sherri Shavon (@sherrishavon) April 7, 2017
Perhaps we should show Trump pics of sick & dying children & adults from lack of health care so that he doesn't kill #ACA #resist #theview
— Dawn Catherine (@DAWNCATHERINE) April 7, 2017
#theview lets all pray @POTUS team makes good decisions RE #SyriaStrikes but @sunny U & me no Y Trump think #Obama need permission & he dont
— Edrea (@dogonvillage) April 7, 2017
If 45 is "moved" to drop BOMBS due to the horrible images of "babies dying", is he dropping food & humanitarian aid in Sudan? #TheView
— Lisa J. Sohl 🕊 (@Globetoppers) April 7, 2017