Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperMilley and China — what the Senate really needs to know Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief defends Milley after Trump book criticism | Addresses critical race theory | Top general says Taliban has 'strategic momentum' in war MORE and national security advisor Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienTrump's last national security adviser endorses JD Vance in Ohio Senate race Huawei says sales rose in 2020, but growth slowed amid US sanctions White House aides head for exits after chaos at Capitol MORE will make the rounds on network Sunday talk shows this week, as America waits to see what the Trump administration's next move regarding Iran will be.
Democratic lawmakers in the Senate are also debating to what extent they would like to limit President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE's war powers.
During a press conference on Wednesday this week, the president intimated that tensions between Iran and the U.S.might de-escalate.
Trump's address came on Wednesday morning after Iran launched a retaliatory missile strike at two Iraqi bases that house U.S. troops one day prior. In his remarks, the president confirmed that the attack resulted in no American casualties and minimal damage to the bases.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump said.
Iran's attack was in response to a U.S. air strike last week that killed Qassem Soleimani – Iran's top military commander – in Baghdad.
While Trump also said that the U.S. would be introducing new "punishing" sanctions during his speech, next steps for both countries are still unclear.
Although most Republicans have backed Trump's decision to authorize the strike on Soleimani, Democrats have criticized the administration, and two Republicans — Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) — complained a briefing this week explaining the intelligence behind the strike was seriously lacking.
The two conservative senators are normally staunch supporters of Trump, though they are also weary of U.S. involvement in military action in the Middle East.
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.
On Thursday, with a vote of 224-194, the House passed a war powers resolution that would direct the president to end military hostilities with Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it or the United States faces an “imminent armed attack.”
However, Senate Democrats are debating amongst themselves whether to take up the resolution passed in the House that limits Trump's powers, or to stick to a piece of legislation proposed by Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? MORE (D) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian Biden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October MORE (D-Ill.).
Should the GOP-majority Senate go forward with Kaine and Durbin's bill, it has very little chance of becoming law, as it requires Trump's signature.
The House resolution does not require Trump's signature, but it is not clear whether or not it would limit the president, lending itself to Supreme Court action.
Esper will appear on CBS' “Face the Nation" and CNN's “State of the Union," while O'Brien will be on NBC's “Meet the Press" and “Fox News Sunday."
Paul will also be on "Meet the Press," along with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE, (D-Colo.).
Lee will appear on “Face the Nation," as will Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) and former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Illegal pot farms dry up Western creeks Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington Biden confirms 30 percent global methane reduction goal, urges 'highest possible ambitions' MORE.
The full Sunday lineup is below:
ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.); national security advisor Robert O'Brien.
NBC's “Meet the Press" — O'Brien; Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment MORE, R-Ky.; Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
CBS' “Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Economy adds just 235K jobs in August as delta hammers growth Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit MORE (R-Utah) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.); former Secretary of State John Kerry.
CNN's “State of the Union" — Esper; Lee; Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE.
“Fox News Sunday" — O'Brien; Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Hillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images MORE, D-Del.
FOX News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Sec. Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE, United States Secretary of the Treasury; Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonHouse panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records Has Trump beaten the system? Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book MORE, Former White House Chief Strategist; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesLIVE COVERAGE: Ways and Means begins Day 2 on .5T package Biden faces unfinished mission of evacuating Americans Nunes sues MSNBC, alleging Rachel Maddow defamed him MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)