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FACT CHECK: Kaine Misrepresents 2011 Libya Stance

When pressed on the administration's intervention in North Africa in 2011, the then-candidate refused to hold the president's feet to the fire.

By NTK Staff | 04.16.2018 @10:55am

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) misrepresented his past stances on military action in the Middle East in an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, telling anchor John Dickerson that he held President Obama accountable on action in Libya.

The Democratic senator has been vocal in his criticism of the Trump administration’s action against Syria’s chemical weapons program.

Kaine called the strikes “illegal” on Twitter:

“When he went into Libya without a congressional vote, House Republicans criticized him, and I did too,” Kaine claimed on CBS, but that’s not entirely true.

During the Libya saga in 2011, the then-candidate said that Obama might want to “err on the side of caution” and go to Congress, but he would not describe potential action as illegal:

When asked whether the War Powers Act legally requires the White House to get congressional approval for Libya, Kaine was noncommittal.

“I’m not the lawyer on that,” Kaine said, adding that the president had a “good rationale” for going in, given that sanctions had failed and the United Nations and the Arab League signed off on intervention.

However, when Obama wanted to use strikes to hit the Syrian regime, Kaine did switch his position to require congressional authorization. But when it came to the Libya intervention, the senator didn’t tell the whole truth about his stance.

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