Schumer: Trump must brief Congress on Iran strategy
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE (D-N.Y.) is urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE to brief Congress on his Iran strategy amid growing tensions in the Gulf region.

"There's an alarming lack of clarity here. There's a lack of strategy and there's a lack of consultation. The president ought to come up with a strategy and make it clear to Congress,” Schumer said on Wednesday.

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Schumer’s comments come after The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Pentagon has presented a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks U.S. forces.

Trump dismissed the report, but then added, “Would I do that? Absolutely.”

Schumer added on Wednesday that troops would need to be approved by Congress.

“Any potential increase in our military presence in the Middle East should require consultation with Congress and anything beyond that would require this body to act. President Trump, what is your strategy? Where are you headed? And why aren't you talking to Congress about it?" Schumer asked.

He added that “there needs to be open hearings and closed briefings with the committees of jurisdiction immediately.”