President Donald Trump on Monday denied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) argument that he needs congressional approval to order a strike on Iran.
“I do believe that … but we’ve been keeping Congress abreast of what we’re doing, and I think it’s something they appreciate. We had a lot of folks over the other day. … Told them what was happening, what was going on,” Trump told The Hill.
Pelosi said Friday that Trump would not be able to strike Iran without Congress’s permission, according to Daily Caller.
Her remarks came after Trump was set up to initiate a military strike against Iran and then called it off because he said Friday it would not be a proportionate response.
“We were pretty close to maybe making a decision to strike then I decided not to do it. Nobody went out by the way, I was going to make that decision by a certain time, and I decided not to do it because it wasn’t really proportional. I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast but I wouldn’t have to do that,” the president continued.
Trump disagreed with Pelosi’s argument on Monday.
“I disagree, most people seem to disagree but I do like keeping them … they have ideas, they’re intelligent people, they come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress, which I think was helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally,” Trump said.
After pulling back from military action last week, President Trump on Monday signed an executive order to authorize increased economic sanctions against Iran, which have devastated the Iranian economy.