President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE said his order to launch the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani came amid pressure from Senate Republicans he views as key allies in his upcoming impeachment trial, The Wall Street Journal reported and The New York Times reported this week.

The articles did not name the GOP senators, but many of Trump's allies in the Senate, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (R-S.C.), have praised his decision to take out the Quds Force commander in Baghdad.

Graham, an Iran hawk who is also chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been outspoken in his support of Trump's strike on Soleimani and in his opposition to Trump's impeachment.

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The New York Times reported that Trump said on a phone call that he had been under pressure by some Senate Republicans to take a harder line on Iran.

Though many GOP senators have voiced their support for Trump's actions in Iraq, three House Republicans on Thursday voted with Democrats on a measure to limit the president's military powers. Among them was Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCongressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? MORE (R-Fla.), one of the president’s biggest supporters during the House impeachment hearings.

Some Senate Republicans have also pushed back on Trump's military authority. Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Top Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate MORE (R-Ky.) in particular has questioned the administration's use of a 2002 authorization as the basis for the drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani.