Trump urges Senate to reject effort to reel in his Iran war powers

Trump urges Senate to reject effort to reel in his Iran war powers
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE on Wednesday pressed the Senate to vote against a resolution that would rein in his ability to take military action against Iran without congressional approval.

Trump lamented that the resolution, which is scheduled to get a vote on Thursday and will likely pass with bipartisan support, would "show weakness."

"It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution. We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump said in a series of tweets. "Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani. If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal."


Trump suggested the resolution was merely an effort by Democrats "to embarrass the Republican Party," even as multiple GOP senators are expected to vote for it.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Senate on cusp of coronavirus stimulus deal after agreements in key areas Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on MORE (D-Va.) spearheaded the resolution, which would require Trump to remove U.S. troops "engaged in hostilities" against Iran unless Congress signs off with a declaration of war or a specific authorization for use of military force.

Five Republicans so far have said they plan to vote in favor of the measure: Sens. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranRand Paul's coronavirus diagnosis sends shockwaves through Senate Sinema criticizes Paul for alleged behavior ahead of coronavirus test results: 'Absolutely irresponsible' Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter dismantle Russian interference campaign targeting African Americans | YouTube to allow ads on coronavirus videos | Trump signs law banning federal funds for Huawei equipment MORE (Kansas), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' Romney says he tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in quarantine Paul defends actions before coronavirus diagnosis, calls for more testing MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCoronavirus in Congress: Lawmakers who have tested positive Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus South Carolina congressman tests positive for coronavirus MORE (Ky.) and Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungRand Paul's coronavirus diagnosis sends shockwaves through Senate GOP lukewarm on talk of airline bailout Trump, GOP scramble to keep economy from derailing MORE (Ind.). The resolution needs a simple majority to pass.

Lawmakers, and Democrats in particular, have pushed to roll back certain presidential war powers in the wake of a drone strike in Iraq that Trump ordered last month that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who led the country's Quds Force.

The attack on Soleimani prompted Iran to fire missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. personnel. The two countries have since stepped back from a potentially prolonged military engagement.

While Trump originally claimed there were no injuries, dozens of U.S. service members have been treated for traumatic brain injuries following the attack.