Congress voted to limit President Trump’s lawful powers to defend the country against foreign enemies. The war powers resolution was in response to Trump’s order to strike Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed a resolution that sought to prevent him from taking military action against Iran without congressional approval…
It’s highly unlikely that either chamber will have the two-thirds majority that would be necessary to override Trump’s veto. This marked the seventh veto of Trump’s presidency, and the five attempts to override his previous vetoes failed.
Why It’s Important:
The measure was sponsored by Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, the 2016 running mate of Hillary Clinton. It was considered by some Americans as an attempt to limit the White House’s ability to take direct action against acts of terror abroad.
Most surprisingly was the fact that Republicans in Congress joined with the opposition party to pass this measure. President Trump was quick to call them out for this “insulting” act.
“The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands,” he said. “Contrary to the resolution, the United States is not engaged in the use of force against Iran.”
“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,” he said. “That is incorrect. 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!”
- Democrats and several Republicans in Congress voted to limit the president’s power.
- President Trump vetoed the resolution. Only an unlikely 2/3rds vote can overrule him.
- The president called out Republicans who joined with the left, saying they put America at risk.
UPDATE: The Senate voted again and failed to override Trump’s veto with a vote of 49-44.