WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The U.S president vetoes a resolution filed by Congress that restricts his action against threats coming from Iran.
- Trump calls the resolution an insult to the presidency, noting that he acted only based on what the Constitution says.
- In January, U.S forces have eliminated Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani through a tactical airstrike.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump rejected a resolution that requires him to seek approval first from Congress before responding with a military force against Iran, noting that the bill is ‘insulting’ to his position.
The unenforceable resolution was drafted first in the House after following a missile attack by the U.S. against Iran that claimed the life of Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.
There was mounting concern over Congress that Washington and Tehran were dangerously close to intense conflict, and some representatives want to prevent Trump from taking further actions against Iran.
While the Constitution clearly states that only Congress has the power to declare war, Trump said the resolution limits the president’s constitutional mandate to use military force whenever necessary against an impending attack.
In a statement, President Trump said the resolution was incorrect, noting that the Constitution gives him the authority to respond and antedate the enemy’s actions.
The resolution was passed following the intensifying conflict between Iran and the U.S.
Earlier reports indicate that conflicts escalated when the White House pulled out from Tehran and the superpower’s nuclear deal in 2018, which led to the re-enforced disabling prohibitions against Iran.
The U.S, by May of last year, deployed additional troops by the thousands, which included an aircraft carrier and fighter-bombers to the Middle East as a response to what is considered as a rising peril of Iranian moves against U.S. facilities in the province.
Moreso, tensions further intensified when the U.S. military killed the most influential General of Iran by January. Iran retaliated with an air missile attack on a camp west of Iraq where U.S. forces were stationed.
The blast due to the attack has caused stressful brain injuries to no less than 100 people, but no Americans have perished.
At the time, the U.S president did not seek a word from legislative leaders before launching an attack against General Soleimani.
The Trump administration sent Congress a classified memo clarifying the basis for attacking Soleimani. Some Democrats, however, were skeptical about Soleimani’s threat, noting that it was not deemed forthcoming, and some lawmakers doubt the reason was done with honest intentions.
After White House officials informed the lawmakers, House Speaker and Democrat Nancy Pelosi called for a votation on the resolution, saying that the killing of Soleimani provoked conflict and not necessary.
Trump commented the resolution was drafted with a confusion of the law and facts surrounding the response, explaining that he took a crucial action to exterminate Soleimani while the general was in Iraq four months ago.
The president further said the attack on Soleimani was sanctioned by the law as detailed in Article II of the Constitution, including necessary forces to use versus Iraq in 2002.