Trump to be unable to strike Iran without Congress's approval?
A bipartisan pair of congressmen unveiled a measure to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from conducting a military strike against Iran without congressional approval.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, offered by Reps. Ro Khanna and Matt Gaetz, would prohibit funding for U.S. military action against Iran unless Congress has declared war or enacted another specific statutory authorization.
"Last week, we watched President Trump come within minutes of striking Iran and involving the United States in yet another trillion-dollar war in the Middle East," Khanna said in a statement. "President Trump campaigned on ending costly wars overseas but given the advisors he chose and his recent risky actions, he is not living up to that promise," The Hill cited him as saying.
Gaetz added that "Congress must resolve" to make sure any conflict with Iran is initiated within the constraints of the Constitution.
"This amendment affirms what President Trump knows and believes: unfocused, unconstitutional, unending wars in the Middle East make America weaker, not stronger," Gaetz said. According to him, "Iran must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon and threatening international peace, but Congress must resolve to ensure that any military action is carried out constitutionally."