After a U.S. airstrike took out top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq earlier this year, Democrats in Congress responded by passing legislation specifically designed to tie President Donald Trump’s hands with regard to military action against Iran.
Trump had long been expected to veto that legislation — and on Wednesday, he did just that, according to Breitbart. What’s more, in yet another win for Trump the next day, Congress was unable to muster up the votes to override the president’s decision to kill the measure, Breitbart reported.
The death of Qassem Soleimani
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced in early January that Soleimani had been killed in a U.S. drone strike ordered by the president himself, NBC News reported.
The general’s death came amid heightened tensions between Iran and much of the Western world.
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad,” the DoD said in a statement on Soleimani’s death, according to NBC.
Soon after, Democrats were joined by a handful of Republicans in passing a War Powers Resolution limiting Trump’s ability to act further. The measure passed the Senate 55–45 in mid-February, NBC reported separately, with eight Republicans siding with Dems.
A “world of evolving threats”
Trump sent Senate Joint Resolution 68 back to Congress this week with a statement slamming those members of the GOP, among others who supported the “very insulting resolution.”
“Today, I vetoed S.J. Res. 68, which purported to direct me to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran,” the president wrote, according to Breitbart.
He went on: “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. The few Republicans who voted for it played right into their hands.”
Trump also said that resolution was “based on misunderstandings of facts and law” and, ultimately, unnecessary, since Iran never retaliated for Soleimani’s killing.
“We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response. That’s what I did!” Trump wrote, according to Breitbart.
In sum, Trump argued, “Congress should not have passed this resolution.” And it’s hard to disagree.