Amash after Trump says he doesn't need Congress's approval to strike Iran: 'Constitution: Wrong'

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' Romney: Bolton firing 'a huge loss' for nation Amash says Sanford presidential bid won't impact decision on whether he runs in 2020 MORE (R-Mich.) on Monday said 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 was wrong to say that he could initiate a military strike against Iran without congressional approval.

Amash made the statement just moments after Trump said in an interview with The Hill that he believed he had the authority to take military action against Iran without first going to Congress. 

"But we’ve been keeping Congress abreast of what we’re doing ... and I think it’s something they appreciate," Trump said. "I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally."

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Discussions surrounding a president's ability to take military action without Congress's approval have recently emerged in light of escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Iran. 

CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' O'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows Cicilline: O'Rourke's AR-15 comment 'doesn't help' MORE asked Amash on Twitter if Congress had "willingly all-but-abrogated this power by not insisting on its constitutional role."

"And haven’t it’s leaders (both D and R) done this essentially for decades because of cowardice — not wanting to be held accountable?" Tapper asked. 

"Congressional leaders are the president’s accomplices, and most members of Congress are happy to have it that way, but the Constitution remains the law," Amash replied. 

Trump said in new comments Monday that the U.S. was "pretty close to maybe making a decision to strike" after Iran downed an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone near the country last week. Trump later called off the strike because he felt the response wasn't "proportional."

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.) responded to the slate of events by saying that the “hostilities must not be initiated without the approval of Congress.”

Trump said Monday that he disagreed with Pelosi's position.

The War Powers Clause in the Constitution grants Congress the right to declare war. According to Article II, Section 2, the president gains power to direct the military following a congressional declaration. 

Amash, who is the only Republican to support impeaching Trump, has repeatedly criticized administrations for taking military action without congressional consent.