Trump Vetoes Resolution Curbing His Ability To Attack Iran Without Congressional Approval

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Chris White Tech Reporter
Font Size:

President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan congressional resolution Wednesday that would have curbed his ability to direct military action against Iran.

“This was a very insulting resolution, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to win an election on November 3 by dividing the Republican Party,” Trump said Wednesday as he signed the veto. “The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands. Congress should not have passed this resolution.” (RELATED: Here Are The 8 Republicans Who Voted For Tim Kaine’s War Powers Resolution Against Trump)

Republican and Democratic lawmakers sought to restrict the president’s war powers in February and March after Trump killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Rand Paul of Kentucky were three of eight Republicans who voted in support of the resolution, which passed 55-45 in the Senate.

Similarly, Republican Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Francis Rooney and Matt Gaetz of Florida all voted to pass the resolution.

UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., attends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominee for secretary of state, in Dirksen Building on April 12, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul attends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for CIA Director Mike Pompeo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Neither chamber is expected to have the two-thirds majority necessary to override the veto, Axios noted in its report on Trump’s move.

The president vetoed a bipartisan resolution in 2019 that would have forced an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s civil war in Yemen. Trump’s veto of that resolution effectively struck down an attempt to pull the United States away from a nearly four-year military operation that killed thousands of people.

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.