Feb 13, 2020 07:44 UTC
  • Trump warns Senate not to curb his war authority on Iran

US President Donald Trump has warned the Senate against adopting a resolution that would curb his power to wage war against Iran, claiming "it would allow Tehran to act with impunity."

According to Press TV, Trump said, “This is not the time to show weakness," and that the US security needs the Senate not to vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution.

The US president claimed “Americans overwhelmingly support January 3 US drone attack" that assassinated top Iranian Commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Trump said curbing his war powers "sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this (limiting his power) as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don’t let it happen!"

The US president's warning comes as the Senate advanced legislation on Wednesday to curb his authority to go to war with Iran, with its passage likely after eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the war powers resolution.

A vote on the resolution could take place as early as Thursday amid concerns that the US president could launch on open military conflict with Iran without consulting Congress.

The resolution would require Trump to remove US forces engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a specific authorization for the use of military force, Reuters said.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, the sponsor of the Senate resolution, said "Congress has got to reassert our constitutional role in matters of war and peace." He stressed that the resolution is aimed at preventing unilateral war.