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GOP Rep. King: I fully support Obama on drone strikes on U.S. citizens

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday he fully supports President Obama’s position on carrying out drone strikes on American citizens abroad who are affiliated with terror groups.

“I fully support targeted operations that have been carried out,” King said. “I think the president has done the right thing.”

King suggested the operations are a necessity of war, and the the issue has been overblown.

“I’m not trying to minimize this, but I think there’s been a lot of liberal hand-wringing going on,” he said.

King cited the Civil War, noting that the soldiers who died were American citizens killed without a court order.

“The president is the commander in chief; he has the authority to execute in time of war,” he said.

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