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 EsperThe paradox of US-India relations Overnight Defense: Trump-era land mine policy unchanged amid review | Biden spending outline coming Friday | First lady sets priorities for relaunched military families initiative Biden to keep Trump-era land mine policy in place during review MORE and national security advisor Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienHuawei says sales rose in 2020, but growth slowed amid US sanctions White House aides head for exits after chaos at Capitol Top Melania Trump aide Stephanie Grisham resigns 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 TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest 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 KaineOvernight Defense: Congress looks to rein in Biden's war powers | Diversity chief at Special Operations Command reassigned during probe into social media posts Congress looks to rein in Biden's war powers House panel advances bill to repeal 2002 war authorization MORE (D) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinLawmakers say fixing border crisis is Biden's job Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing 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 BennetSenators press for answers in Space Command move decision Biden announces first slate of diverse judicial nominees American Rescue Plan: Ending child poverty — let's make it permanent MORE, (D-Colo.).

Lee will appear on “Face the Nation," as will Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.) and former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCO2 tax support is based in myth: Taxing essential energy harms more than it helps Kerry says he's 'hopeful, not confident' that China will cooperate on emissions Overnight Energy: EPA pledges new focus on environmental justice | Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers | Biden administration asks court to toss kids' climate lawsuit MORE.

The full Sunday lineup is below:

ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House races clock to beat GOP attacks Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Liz Cheney says allegations against Gaetz are 'sickening,' refuses to say if he should resign MORE (D-Calif.); national security advisor Robert O'Brien.

NBC's “Meet the Press" — O'Brien; Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulAlarm grows over impact of states banning trans youth treatment The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE, R-Ky.; Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

CBS' “Face the Nation" — Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOn management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process Rubio asks MLB commissioner if he'll give up Augusta golf club membership Why some Republicans think vaccine passports will backfire on Democrats 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 SteyerSteyer says he has 'no plans' to run for public office again GOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 MORE.

“Fox News Sunday" — O'Brien; Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Buttigieg: Biden will have 'open mind' toward changes to infrastructure bill Five takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal MORE, D-Del.

FOX News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Sec. Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE, United States Secretary of the Treasury; Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonTrump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon Both the left and the right discriminate against Asian Americans Hillicon Valley: John Matze takes on Parler | Prince Harry heads to Silicon Valley | YouTube leaves up Boulder shooting video MORE, Former White House Chief Strategist; Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi on whether Gaetz should resign: 'That's up to the Republicans to take responsibility for that' Boehner finally calls it as he sees it Republican House campaign arm rakes in .7 million in first quarter MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC What good are the intelligence committees? CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)