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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE had approved a military strike on Iranian forces before calling it off at the last moment.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren warns another 'economic crash' is coming The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll 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 SchatzDem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Warren introduces bill targeted at food insecurity on college campuses On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses MORE (D-Hawaii).

"Deeply concerned that @realDonaldTrump has no idea what he is doing, especially in foreign policy," wrote Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTwo Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China 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 PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress 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 SchumerTrump says he will meet with Schumer 'ASAP' after border visit Dem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties 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."