Pelosi calls for debate on strikes after 'saber-rattling' on North Korea

Pelosi calls for debate on strikes after 'saber-rattling' on North Korea
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.) is calling for "immediate" debate over President Trump's use of force following reported "saber-rattling" on North Korea.

“Every day, the President gives Congress reason to return and debate the use of force. The President’s escalation in Syria and his saber-rattling on North Korea demand serious and immediate Congressional scrutiny," Pelosi said in a statement Thursday.

“Speaker [Paul] Ryan [R-Wis.] must call Congress back into session for classified briefings and debate. Congress must do its duty and honor our responsibility to the Constitution," she added.


Pelosi urged Ryan last week to call Congress back into session following the Trump administration's strike on an air base in Syria, which came in response to a chemical attack there believed to be carried out by the Syrian government.

Congress is currently in the middle of an 18-day spring break.

Pelosi's latest comments come after NBC News reported Thursday that the U.S. is prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if officials believe Pyongyang is going to go through with a nuclear weapons test.

According to the report, which cites multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials, a nuclear test could come as soon as this weekend. The report sparked pushback from sources cited by other journalists.

Trump on Thursday tweeted that he has "great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea."

"If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! USA," the president tweeted.