Democrats call for restraint, oversight as Trump reportedly calls back Iranian strike

Democrats call for restraint, oversight as Trump reportedly calls back Iranian strike
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Democrats in the House and Senate urged restraint from the Trump administration after reports late Thursday indicated that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE had approved a military strike on Iranian forces before calling it off at the last moment.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' On The Money: Stocks close with steep losses driven by coronavirus fears | Tax season could bring more refund confusion | Trump's new wins for farmers may not undo trade damage Overnight Energy: Sanders scores highest on green group's voter guide | Trump's latest wins for farmers may not undo trade damage | Amazon employees defy company to speak on climate change MORE (D-Mass.) issued a statement Thursday following the revelations of the called-off strike, saying that there “is no justification for further escalating” tensions with Iran.

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"Donald Trump promised to bring our troops home. Instead he has pulled out of a deal that was working and instigated another unnecessary conflict. There is no justification for further escalating this crisis—we need to step back from the brink of war," added Warren, a 2020 presidential contender.

Other Democrats joined Warren in sounding off on social media after the reported last-minute cancellation of the attack, saying the administration should go to Congress and plead a case for a formal declaration of war rather than use the Bush-era authorization for use of military force.

"Only Congress can authorize a war. We should vote next week," wrote Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover-up,' 'national disgrace' Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall MORE (D-Hawaii).

"Deeply concerned that @realDonaldTrump has no idea what he is doing, especially in foreign policy," wrote Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Paralysis of nations is empowering cities MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "Also very troubled we are reading about these high level US decisions about Iran in the media. The national security leaks from the Trump Administration are mind boggling."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) earlier on Thursday said that “we must do everything we can not to escalate the situation, but also to make sure that our personnel in the region are safe.”

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMeadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-N.Y.) concurred, urging the U.S. to not go "bumbling" into another war in the Middle East after attending a briefing on the situation earlier Thursday, before the reportedly called-off strike.

“One of the best ways to avoid bumbling into war, a war that nobody wants, is to have a robust open debate and for Congress to have a real say,” Schumer told The Washington Post. “We learned that lesson in the run-up to Iraq."