Donald Trump Vetoed a Congressional Resolution That Would Have Limited His Powers Of War In Iran

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, vetoed on Wednesday a resolution passed by Congress last February that prevents him from taking any military action against Iran without first requesting permission from the Legislative Branch.

The president described the decision as “very insulting” and assured that it is part of a strategy of the democratic party to “win the elections of November 3 dividing the Republican Party.” He was referring to the fact that the resolution was approved by members of both parties , something that does not usually happen in a political scenario that is extremely polarized.

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Trump pointed out that the resolution, approved on February 13 by all the senators of the Democratic opposition and the support of eight Republicans, is based on “misunderstandings of the facts and the laws”, indicating that “the United States is not involved in the use of force against Iran. “

The initiative was approved by senators six weeks after the White House ordered a bombing in January that resulted in the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimaní, considered a hero in the Persian country. The senators had expressed concern about the possibility that Wahington and Tehran would thus approach a large-scale conflict, and thus sought to limit the powers of the President.

“Four months ago I took decisive action to eliminate Qasem Soleimaní while he was in Iraq. Iran responded by launching a series of missiles against our forces stationed in Iraq. No one was assassinated for these attacks, “explained the president in this regard, who argued that the attack against the Iranian general” was fully authorized by law, “alluding to the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF for its acronym in English). ) of 2002 and article II of the Constitution.

Photo of who was the most important general of the Iranian regime, Qassem Soleimani. Photo: REUTERS / Wissam al-Okaili

Likewise, Trump alleged that the resolution could have “greatly damaged” its ability to protect the United States, its allies and its partners.

“The resolution implies that the President’s constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defending the United States and its forces against impending attacks. That is incorrect. We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate the next moves of our adversaries and take swift and decisive action in response. That is what I did! ”He sentenced in the four-paragraph statement.

The Constitution establishes that the president is the commander of the Armed Forces. However, the Executive has been gaining more power since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when Congress passed a law that gave the head of state more leeway to go against al Qaeda.

Tehran and Washington, which have not had diplomatic relations since 1979, have experienced numerous crises since Trump ordered the departure of the United States in 2018. of the nuclear agreement signed with world powers in 2015. Since then, Washington has again imposed harsh sanctions on the Persian economy.

The tension reached a climax with the operation that ended in Soleimani’s death. In retaliation, Iran launched a series of missiles against a US base in Iraq. But the public eye abruptly changed the subject after the Iranian regime shot down a Ukrainian plane bound for Canada, killing its 176 passengers.

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