Donald Trump thumbed his nose at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by notifying Congress via Twitter on Sunday that he would not be waiting for Congressional approval to respond to any potential Iranian retaliation.
“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any United States person or target; the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!” The president declared.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed Trump’s declaration, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, “we have developed a strategy to convince the Iranian regime to behave like a normal nation. That’s what our strategy is about. We’ve been executing it.”
So far, Trump has not bowed to Pelosi’s demands, and congressional Democrats are furious that Trump is not including them in his Iran strategy. Pelosi blustered on Saturday in an official statement:
I reiterate my call on the Administration for an immediate, comprehensive briefing of the full Congress on military engagement related to Iran and next steps under consideration. The Administration must work with the Congress to advance a bonafide de-escalatory strategy that prevents further violence.
Since Trump did not respond to her orders in a satisfactory manner, Pelosi is reportedly planning to strike back by introducing a House resolution that would essentially designate Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani a war crime.
The proposed resolution would also “limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran,” and reassert “Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”
Pelosi is expected to take the resolution to the House floor this week.