Military responses in the Middle East will take longer to authorize after tighter rules were imposed to force the president to seek prior approval from Congress.
The Senate passed the new Iran War Powers Resolution that effectively prevents President Donald Trump from making an executive decision about military strikes against Iran without asking Congress for permission.
Eight Republican senators joined all 47 Democrats in voting for the president to involve the legislative branch in deciding whether to take military action in the conflict prone country. The final tally was 55 for and 45 against according to the Washington Post.
The bipartisan vote came despite the president’s pleas for senators not to remove his powers as it would only play into the hands of Iran and the Democratic Party, which has repeatedly disrupted the nation’s political stability.
“If my hands were tied Iran would have a field day,” the president said on Twitter. “Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party, do not let it happen.”
However, the paper suggested the president could simply reject the resolution as neither the House nor Senate are able to override his executive decision without him giving consent.
Maintaining the nation’s national security could justify such a veto move according to the president.
“It is very important for our country’s security that the U.S. Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution,” he said on Twitter.
He also believes rejecting the resolution would maintain the nation’s tough stance on Iran, and reflect voter support for eliminating any threat posed by the world’s so-called top terrorist, Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness,” he said. “Americans overwhelmingly support our attack on terrorist Soleimani.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) defended his decision to support the resolution because Republicans would have had enough numbers to approve a military strike against Soleimani.
“If this resolution was in effect at the beginning of the year, President Trump would have still been able to carry out strikes against Iran and General Soleimani [which I supported,]” the senator said in a statement obtained by the paper. “The founders gave Congress the power to declare war under Article 1 of the Constitution; we should fulfill this responsibility.”
However, Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) believes any resolution about Soleimani should have congratulated the president, just like when previous President Barack Obama ordered a military operation that killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden who claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks against New York City’s World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.