Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told CNN on Wednesday that President Barack Obama should seek congressional support to strike militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — and if he did, he would get it.
“I think it would make sense for him to get our support. It’s pretty clear ISIS is a serious threat,” McConnell said. “They have the potential to hit us here at home. He’s the President of the United States and, if he’s prepared to try to prevent that, I’m sure he will have a lot of congressional support.”
Obama has already authorized limited airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS, which has terrorized the region for the last few months and murdered a U.S. journalist last week. He is also weighing whether to authorize expanded strikes in Iraq and possibly go after the group in Syria as well, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
McConnell also offered kind words about how Obama amplified his response to ISIS in recent weeks, according to CNN.
“I think the president now, at this point — this will shock you when I say it — at this point, is doing the right thing,” he told a local business audience.