The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, appeared on the show with Congressman John Campbell filling in, covering ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria, Libya, the economy, immigration and leadership.
JC: And now on the phone with us, we have the gentleman from Ohio, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Mr. John Boehner. Mr. Speaker, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.
JB: John, it’s good to be with you.
JC: Well, the news today obviously is the release of the video beheading Steve Sotloff. And so I want to get right into issues having to do with this. The House will come back, Congress will come back into session next week after August recess. There’s been a lot of developments on the international front while we’ve been in recess. First of all, does the President, do you believe the President has the authority under existing law to order air strikes against ISIS in Syria? Or does he only have authority to do so in Iraq under existing law?
JB: I think under existing authorizations from the Congress, he has the ability to do this in Iraq. It’s, I think it’s questionable whether he has the authority to do this in Syria. You know, the threat from ISIS goes back well over a year. And the crisis in Syria’s been going on now for over two years. And we’ve asked the President, asked the President what is your strategy to deal with Syria. And clearly, there’s no strategy that’s developed there. But when ISIS came across the Iraqi border in January, you know, I asked the question. Mr. President, where is the strategy to deal with the growing Islamic threat, because it’s not just Syria, and it’s not just Iraq. This goes from Libya to Gaza to Lebanon to Syria and Iraq. All of these countries are basically under control of Islamic terrorists who are hellbent on killing Americans, as we saw once again today.
JC: What then, and it’s clearly, I think everyone, even Democrats, people on the left understand the President said he had no strategy. What will the House do then? What is, what will the House’s strategy be? What will the House’s actions be? What will your actions be when we come back into session next week relative to this clear and present danger?
JB: Listen, the President is the commander-in-chief. He’s also the president of the United States. And it’s his responsibility as the chief executive to outline a plan that will protect American interest, protect American lives both at home and abroad. And until the President is willing to lay out a plan, the Congress has very few options ahead of it. Continue Reading