Collins apologizes for saying Democrats love terrorists

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (R-Ga.) apologized Friday for saying that Democrats are "in love with terrorists" earlier in the week.

The top GOP lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee also said that his colleagues across the aisle "mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families."

"Let me be clear: I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week," Collins tweeted, adding in a following tweet that his comment was "in response to a question about the War Powers Resolution being introduced in the House and House Democrats’ attempt to limit the president’s authority."

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Collins, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE, was firmly opposed to the War Powers Resolution that was passed largely along party lines in the House on Thursday. The bill would prohibit the president from using military action against Iran unless Congress approves or the country is facing “imminent armed attack.”

The War Powers debate stems from a U.S. airstrike authorized by Trump that killed Iran's top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, last week in Baghdad. The attack caused tensions between the countries to skyrocket, with Iran promising a proportional retaliatory strike.

On Tuesday, Iran launched a missile strike at two Iraqi military bases that house U.S. troops. No American casualties were reported in the attack.

Democratic lawmakers argued that killing Soleimani was an act of war, pushing the U.S. closer to a full-fledged conflict with Iran. Under the War Powers Resolution, the president can only send the country to war if Congress passes a declaration of war.

The White House has cited the 2002 Iraq Resolution, which authorized former President George H.W. Bush to take military action against Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government.

Democrats, and a couple of conservative Republicans, were less than satisfied with the briefing they received on the rationale regarding the president's decision to take out Soleimani.