Lawmaker who served tours in Iraq says Trump must provide plan on Iran

Lawmaker who served tours in Iraq says Trump must provide plan on Iran
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Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Michigan Republicans sue over US House district lines Pandemic pushes teachers unions to center stage ahead of midterms MORE (D-Mich.), who served multiple tours in Iraq, said Friday that the Trump administration needs to explain to Congress its plan for Iran after a U.S. strike killed one of the country's top generals.

"The Administration must come to Congress immediately and consult," Slotkin, a former CIA analyst, said in a statement.

"Congress also has a deep interest in the future of our relationship with Iraq, given our investment of blood and treasure there to rid the region of ISIS," she added. "Congress needs to understand the Administration’s plan as soon as possible."

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Slotkin, a moderate Democrat who flipped a Republican seat in 2018, is viewed as a vulnerable Democrat in the 2020 elections. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has rated her race a "toss up."

Slotkin's comments follow a statement from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill Man seen wearing 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt on Jan. 6 pleads guilty to trespassing Democrats should ignore Senators Manchin and Sinema MORE (D-Calif.) saying the strike, which killed Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, was not authorized by Congress and lawmakers were not consulted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' It's time for 'Uncle Joe' to take off the gloves against Manchin and Sinema Democrats should ignore Senators Manchin and Sinema MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that he was working to set up a classified briefing for all senators on the matter.

Slotkin said that when calculating whether to target Soleimani, "the ultimate ends didn’t justify the means." She warned that Iran, which has threatened "harsh retaliation," could hit back in a number of ways.

"It is critical that the Administration has thought out the moves and counter-moves this attack will precipitate, and is prepared to protect our diplomats, service members, and citizens serving overseas,” Slotkin said.

Many Democrats have criticized the attack, with Pelosi saying it could provoke "further dangerous escalation of violence."

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center Russia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option MORE defended the administration's decision to kill Soleimani, saying Friday that there had been "imminent threats to American lives."

President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE on Friday said in a tweet that Soleimani was "plotting to kill many" Americans.