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The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that President Donald Trump had rebuffed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis after the Pentagon chief urged him to seek congressional approval for last week's air strikes in Syria.

Last Friday night, Trump announced that the USA - alongside United Kingdom and French allies - had initiated precision strikes in Syria as a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"The French, the United Kingdom, the United States, allies, all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, we worked together to maintain the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons", Mattis said at the Pentagon, the Times reported. "I found nothing in it that I could recall from my own last week's activities".

The following day, Trump tweeted there would be a "big price to pay" after a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" and later promised missiles would be coming.

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"Because he wasn't just mad, he was scared". "It had to do with real estate and nothing political", Hannity told Dershowitz. He added that their discussions "never involved any matter. between me [and] a third party, a third group".

A Pentagon official told AFP that there was no debate at the White House, and that "everyone" agreed Trump had the authority needed to launch the strikes.

Despite coming days after the USA bombing of Syria over chemical weapons, the proposed legislation does not authorize military action against any nation state, including Syria.

Where Mattis once had an ideological ally in former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Trump's new national security adviser John Bolton is a hawk who will not defer to the defense secretary, the Times reports, a new dynamic that took center stage Friday night at the White House.

On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would update war powers that first were passed in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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It would also require the president to report to Congress on all new designated associated forces and each new country in which the United States is using military force under the AUMFs.

Since 2001, presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump have relied on the authorities, along with a subsequent AUMF in 2002, as the basis for operations against armed Islamist groups. If Congress does nothing, the existing authorities would remain in place.

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response for a chemical weapon attack last weekend.

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