Trump warns US Senate to vote Iran resolution down

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The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has advanced a bipartisan measure meant to limit President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran.

His resolution would direct the president "to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or specific authorization for use of military force against Iran".

Matt Mowers, former Donald Trump White House official and New Hampshire first congressional district Republican candidate, told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement that the record GOP turnout for President Trump during the New Hampshire primaries should serve as a "warning sign" for Democrats.

The nonbinding resolution would direct Trump to remove US troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Trump of reckless warmongering with the Islamic Republic and criticized as provocative his decision to launch a drone strike January 2 that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad. Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani, " Trump said. "Sends a very bad signal".

"The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!".

The resolution will come just weeks after the US killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Pentagon says 109 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury following the attack on the Ain Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, though no one was killed.

Under the US Constitution, the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, but Congress has the power to declare war.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has opposed the resolution, arguing it "would severely limit the U.S. military's operational flexibility to defend itself against threats posed by Iran".

The New Hampshire Republican said, "The incredible turnout for the President should be a warning sign to the Democratic Party at large, disorganized and unable to count its own votes, and to Chris Pappas here in the First District, who couldn't even state whether or not he'd back the socialist victor of the New Hampshire primary". If the Senate approves the Kaine measure, the House could take up the Senate resolution later this month, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.

While Trump is expected to veto the legislation, he warned the Senate Wednesday to vote it down and not limit his policy choices.



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