On Wednesday, President Trump vetoed a congressional resolution that would have blocked military action against Iran.
The Senate is set to vote on whether to override the veto next Thursday. The war powers resolution was passed in March, yet wasn’t sent to the President until this week.
Trump objected to the resolution on constitutional grounds. “The resolution implies that the President’s constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defense of the United States and its forces against imminent attack. That is incorrect,” the President added. “We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response. That’s what I did!”
This statement by Trump came shortly after several Iranian boats attempted to goad US war ships into a response.
As part of his veto statement Trump described the bill as a Democratic effort to divide Republicans in order to win the election.
The resolution was sponsored by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine because many critics of Trump fear that his style of leadership may lead to war with Iran. “I urge my colleagues to join me in voting to override his veto,” the Virginia Democrat said. “Unless there’s a carefully reached consensus in Congress that war is necessary, we should not be sending our troops into harm’s way.”
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