The President urged not to allow the adoption of the resolution, stressing that it will be a “bad signal.”
The Senate is voting Thursday on a resolution calling on President Donald Trump to “stop using US military forces to conduct military operations against Iran” without congressional authorization.
Trump opposes this initiative, insisting that it is dangerous to limit his military powers. Ahead of the vote, he called on the Republican majority in the Senate to reject the resolution.
“It is very important for the security of our country that the US Senate does not vote for a resolution on military powers on Iran. We are doing well concerning Iran, and now is not the time to show weakness,” Trump tweeted.
The President added that most Americans support the strike he ordered, which killed Iranian General Qasem Suleimani at the Baghdad airport.
“If my hands were tied, Iran would go wild,”– he wrote. – This is a very bad signal. Democrats are only doing this to put the Republican Party in an awkward position. Don’t let this happen!”
After considering several amendments to the non-binding resolution, senators will put the initiative to a vote. There is a chance that five Republicans will support 47 Democrats. Trump will almost certainly veto the resolution, and it is unlikely to get two-thirds of the vote to override the presidential veto.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, who introduced the resolution, said: “The resolution we are considering today is intended to return Congress to its rightful role in making decisions about waging war. The meaning of the resolution is quite simple. We should not wage war with Iran if Congress does not vote to wage this war.”
He added: “Although the President has and always should have the ability to defend the United States from an impending attack, the Executive’s authority to initiate war ends there. The question of conducting an offensive war is subject to discussion and vote in Congress.”
However, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell asked the question: “What signal will the Senate send to American military personnel? Should they doubt that their leaders have the right to protect them?”
McConnell continued: “What signal will we send to regional allies and partners? If they can count on the continued solidarity of the United States? What will this say to major rival powers like Russia and China if we can’t even in the face of a less serious rival like Iran? Let’s give the right signal with our voices. Let’s reject this meaningless resolution.”
Republican Senator John Thune called the decision to eliminate Suleimani justified, and the resolution – a reckless and potentially problematic response to the President’s actions.”