US President Donald Trump Warns Senate Not to Curb War Powers on Iran.
Trump warned the Senate on Wednesday against adopting a resolution that would curb his ability to wage war against Iran.
He said it would send “a very bad signal” and allow Tehran to act with impunity.
US President Donald Trump Warns
“It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness,” Trump, a Republican, tweeted.
Democrats last month said they had the votes in the Republican-controlled chamber to approve the measure, which would require the president to seek congressional authorization for military action against Iran.
It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Trump said curbing his war powers “sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this (limiting his power) as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!”
The US president’s warning comes as the Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday to curb his authority to go to war with Iran, with its passage likely after eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.
A vote on the resolution could take place as early as Thursday amid concerns that the US president could launch on open military conflict with Iran without consulting Congress.
The resolution would require Trump to remove US forces engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force, Reuters said.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, the sponsor of the Senate resolution, said “Congress has got to reassert our constitutional role in matters of war and peace.” He stressed that the resolution is aimed at preventing unilateral war.
“We don’t send a message of weakness when we stand up for the rule of law. That’s a message of strength and it especially speaks to people around the world who are in the streets protesting…because they want the rule of law,” Kaine said.
In January, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed its own version of the law after Trump’s order to assassinate general Soleimani, and Iran’s retaliatory missile strike against US-occupied bases in Iraq dramatically escalated tensions and raised fears of a war.