Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran

Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran
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Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon MORE and national security advisor Robert O'Brien 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 John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 KaineIran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner House war powers sponsor expects to take up Senate version of resolution Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' MORE (D) and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request 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 BennetSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Klobuchar on missing campaigning for impeachment: 'I can do two things at once' MORE, (D-Colo.).

Lee will appear on “Face the Nation," as will Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP MORE (D-Calif.) and former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Bring on the brokered convention 18 progressive groups sign unity pledge amid Sanders-Warren feud MORE.

The full Sunday lineup is below:

ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.); national security advisor Robert O'Brien.

NBC's “Meet the Press" — O'Brien; Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE, R-Ky.; Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

CBS' “Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall 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 Fahr SteyerPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Buttigieg takes dig at Sanders working 'for years' in Washington The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats MORE.

“Fox News Sunday" — O'Brien; Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats scramble to rein in Trump's Iran war powers Administration officials defend Trump claims, Soleimani intelligence as senators push back on briefing Sunday shows - Administration officials grilled on Trump's Iran claims MORE, D-Del.

FOX News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Sec. Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations MORE, United States Secretary of the Treasury; Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon says Trump should delay State of the Union until after impeachment trial Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump's war power, next steps with Iran Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report MORE, Former White House Chief Strategist; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)