House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Sunday that she will try to to potentially limit President Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.
Democrats have attacked Trump’s recent airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force. Their complaint is the President did not properly notify Congress about his decision and they also have concerns about possibly escalation tensions in the region. Trump has said he will not hesitate to take additional action if Iran retaliates for Soleimani’s death.
Pelosi to Introduce War Powers Resolution to Limit Trump's Military Actions with Iran https://t.co/y5zR0Z86P2
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 6, 2020
Pelosi’s Letter to Democrats
Pelosi wrote a letter to fellow Democrats referencing a Senate resolution introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine.
“This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran,” Pelosi said in the letter. “It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”
In 1973, the first War Powers Resolution was passed for the purpose of stopping presidents from using the military without getting approval from Congress. Over the last half century, questions about presidential war powers have been common, including but not limited to Bill Clinton’s actions in Kosovo in the 1990s and President Barack Obama’s moves in Libya along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The White House sent a formal notification of the drone strike to Congress on Saturday claiming authority under the War Powers Act, according to the Associated Press. The notification is required to be sent within 48 hours of any military action.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Robert Menendez also sent a letter to the White House Sunday asking President Trump to fully declassify the notification, saying that “there appears to be no legitimate justification” for keeping it secret.
‘Legal notice is not required’
Trump tweeted Sunday that “legal notice is not required” for him to take further military action, claiming his online posts notified Congress that he “will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner” if Iran attacks “any U.S. person or target.”
These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2020
Not surprisingly, Iran has said they will retaliate over the the death of Soleimani, along with jettisoning the 2015 nuclear deal reached under President Obama.
Trump said Saturday that even Iran’s cultural sites were possible U.S. military targets.
“They’re allowed to kill our people,” Trump told reporters. “They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites?”
“It doesn’t work that way,” Trump added.
“They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way," POTUS SAID.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 6, 2020