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 TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident 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 KaineDemocrats in standoff over minimum wage Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen 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) MoranSenate votes to hear witnesses in Trump trial Senate panel advances Biden's education and labor secretary picks GOP senators call Capitol riot videos 'disturbing,' 'powerful,' 'graphic' MORE (Kansas), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMicrosoft, FireEye push for breach reporting rules after SolarWinds hack On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill MORE (Maine), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March 11 GOP senators slam Biden pick for health secretary: 'No meaningful experience' Lee after Romney's impeachment vote: There's enough room in GOP 'for both of us' MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Hillicon Valley: Biden to take 'executive action' to address SolarWinds breach | Facebook and Google respond to Australian proposed law | DOJ charges North Korean hackers with stealing .3 billion in cryptocurrency MORE (Ky.) and Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungRepublican 2024 hopefuls draw early battle lines for post-Trump era Senate Democrats approve budget resolution, teeing up coronavirus bill House will have to vote on budget second time as GOP notches wins 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.