Schumer: Trump must brief Congress on Iran strategy
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Postal Service says it lost .2 billion over three-month period MORE (D-N.Y.) is urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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.”