Rand Paul warns Trump admin after Iran retaliatory strike: War must go through Congress

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms MORE (R-Ky.) maintained Tuesday night that any military conflict between the U.S. and Iran that escalates to war must be approved by Congress following an Iranian missile attack on an Iraqi air base housing U.S. troops.

“I am praying for the safety of our troops in Iraq tonight. While I would have preferred they come home long ago, there is also no excuse for this action by Iran. We need to stop the escalation before it leads to another endless war in the Middle East,” Paul tweeted Tuesday night.

“In the meantime, the Administration needs to bring any discussion of war with Iran to the American people and their representatives in Congress, as the Constitution requires,” added Paul, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was one of only two senators, along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.), to vote against imposing new sanctions on Iran in 2017.

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The reported attack came days after Iran vowed retaliation for the U.S.’s killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad and a nonbinding vote by Iraq’s parliament expelling foreign troops. Iran vowed for days to retaliate for the killing of Soleimani, which the Trump administration has maintained was a defensive move.