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 TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE had approved a military strike on Iranian forces before calling it off at the last moment.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' 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 SchatzState probes of Google, Facebook to test century-old antitrust laws Trump's sinking polls embolden Democrats to play hardball Hundreds of Bahamians told to leave evacuation ship headed to US: report MORE (D-Hawaii).

"Deeply concerned that @realDonaldTrump has no idea what he is doing, especially in foreign policy," wrote Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuTed Lieu congratulates first Asian American cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump's Scotland property Oversight panel investigating Air Force crew's stop at Trump property in Scotland 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 PelosiProgressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations The promise and peril of offshoring prescription drug pricing Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump 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 SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation 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."