Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) criticized the resolution ordered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), limiting U.S. defense capabilities against Iran.
“This resolution … deliberately undermines the position of the United States government and the armed forces we sent to Iraq, at a dangerous time, making it not only unconstitutional but also shameful,” McClintock said in one of his speeches.
The resolution approved on Jan. 9 and drafted by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), orders the cessation of military hostilities with Iran within 30 days unless approved by Congress.
It should be noted that the Democrats’ resolution was issued hours after Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi airbases housing U.S. troops and coalition forces.
This attack was justified on Iranian state television as revenge for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the United States last week.
Several other congressmen have joined McClintock’s accusation, criticizing the resolution promoted by Pelosi.
Rep. Steve Scalise, (R-La.) also called the Democratic measure little more than “a press release designed to attack President Trump.”
Likewise, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called it a “meaningless vote” on a measure that will never be sent to the president or “limit his constitutional authority to defend the American people.”
President Trump said Soleimani was the world’s leading terrorist and that the military eliminated him to protect American lives.
“As the head of the Quds force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities. He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets,” Trump said.
He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims,” Trump said.
He mentioned that the terrorist leader had led the attacks in Iraq that seriously injured four service members and killed one American.
Trump also said Soleimani had supported the violent assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and was planning further attacks on American targets.