- The Senate is ready on Thursday to adopt a resolution that would prevent Trump from going to war with Iran without Congress approval.
- A number of Republicans have criticized the president, who has spoken out clearly against the resolution and is likely to vote for the measure.
- The measure is expected to be adopted in the house, but Trump is ready to veto it.
- Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine sponsored the measure.
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A number of Republican senators are expected to join the Democrats on Thursday to vote for a resolution that prevents President Donald Trump from taking further military action against Iran without Congress approval.
The resolution, sponsored by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, was vigorously rejected by Trump.
In tweets on Wednesday, Trump said: "It is very important to our country's SECURITY that the US Senate does not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness … If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats only do this to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen! "
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Kaine introduced the resolution in January after Trump ordered a drone attack that killed Iran's Colonel General Qassem Soleimani.
The Soleimani strike put the US on the brink of war with Iran and led to an Iranian missile attack that left over 100 US soldiers with minor traumatic brain injuries that the President downplayed.
Although the United States and Iran have moved away from a major conflict, tensions remain high as the Trump administration continues to face tough economic sanctions as part of Tehran's maximum
Kaine rejected Wednesday's view of Trump and his GOP allies that if the resolution were passed, it would be a sign of weakness for Iran.
"When we stand up for the rule of law – in a world that calls for more rule of law – and say: & # 39; This decision is fundamental and we have rules that we will follow so that we can make a good decision." # 39; a message of strength, "said Kaine. according to the Associated Press.
In an interview with CNN, Kaine said, "We don't tie the president's hands. We only say that war is the most serious thing we do. It should only be done after serious consideration. Nobody should make the decision." their own."
—CNN Policy (@CNNPolitics) February 13, 2020
Utah GOP Senator Mike Lee, who had signed up to co-sponsor Kain's resolution, repeated these assessments.
"What the American people and the whole world will see from the Senate debate is that the United States is plentifully supportive of Iran," Lee said on Wednesday. "And as part of that, we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be approved is actually properly approved by Congress. That doesn't show weakness. It shows strength."
In early January, the house passed a resolution by the war powers to prevent Trump from taking military action against Iran without Congress approval. However, it was a simultaneous resolution that does not require the President's signature and is non-binding. The Republicans rejected it as largely symbolic.
Kaines resolution is a joint resolution, meaning it would require Trump's signature and would be binding. The resolution is expected to be passed in the house, however Trump is expected to veto,
Regardless, the House passed two measures at the end of January on Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's ability to go to war with Iran.
Democratic MP Ro Khanna of California supported the first measure, the No War Against Iran Act, to deny the Pentagon any funding for military action against Iran without Congress approval. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is applying for the 2020 Democratic President nomination, has introduced an accompanying measure in the Senate.
Four House Republicans – Matt Gaetz, Warren Davidson, Trey Hollingsworth and Thomas Massie – voted for Khanna's measure.
The then House also voted on an amendment by California Democratic MP Barbara Lee that removed the 2002 military force approval that paved the way for the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. However, the Trump administration justified the Soleimani strike as part of the AUMF 2002 Legal scholars rejected this.