US Congress Restricted Trump War Powers Against Iran - Focus News


Friday, 10 January 2020

US Congress Restricted Trump War Powers Against Iran

US Congressmen has approved War Powers Resolution Thursday amid  tension increased in the Middle East between Tehran and Washington after the US assassination of top Iranian General Soleimani last Friday.

In a 224-to-194 vote on Thursday, Democrats have blamed Trump  for his attack and asked for why the attack is legal. While the Republicans strongly support the step taken by Trump as right.

"The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel said, " The president has to make the case first, first, not after he launches an ill-advised attack and then comes up with a reason why it was necessary and why it was legal,"

While, Representative Mike McCaul, ranking Republican on the foreign affairs panel, said, "Instead of supporting the president, my Democrat colleagues are dividing Americans at a critical time."
He asserted that the resolution would "tie the president's hands."

It is learned that while the majority of Republicans opposed the resolution, at least two GOP senators, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, expressed support for it.

Now that passed in the House, the measure will be sent to the Republican-controlled Senate, where its fate remains unclear.

If passed by the House and Senate, the measure does not need to be signed by Trump for it to go into effect.

Meanwhile, the White House issued a statement opposing the resolution.

"This concurrent resolution is misguided, and its adoption by Congress could undermine the ability of the United States to protect American citizens whom Iran continues to seek to harm," the Statement of Administration Policy said.

Trump has been harshly criticized after he ordered the US military to carry out an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport, assassinating Soleimani and the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as well as eight other companions.

In retaliation against the US attack, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles on two airbases in Iraq housing US troops early on Wednesday. Presstv reports.

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