PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Senator Angus King spoke to news outlets Friday evening after attending a classified briefing on the missile strikes in Washington.


He says an important take-away from that meeting was that the attack was a specific response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.


King says the action does not represent a major change in American foreign policy.
He also says Congress should have a role in deciding whether the U.S. takes more military action in Syria.

“If there is further involvement, either areal or troops, then I think congress does and I'm very much against putting American troops beyond the limited special forces that are there now into Syria,” said King. “I think that would be a big mistake. The Syrian civil war is horribly complex, incredibly dangerous and damaging and to enter into that either on one side or the other. I think would be very difficult for us … “