Trump pushes Iran sanctions, Senate to vote on war powers

By: - January 8, 2020 12:24 pm

President Trump at a Rose Garden event at the White House. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a live, televised address to the nation on Wednesday, President Donald Trump responded to missile attacks by Iran on U.S. military sites in Iraq by announcing tougher sanctions, vowing that Iran will never get nuclear weapons, and praising his administration’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that U.S. military power is an effective deterrent. 

Trump noted that there were no casualties from the recent missile attacks and, most notably, did not announce a plan to make further attacks on Iran, which was retaliating for the U.S. assasination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani last week.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced her support for a war powers resolution introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to force a debate and vote in Congress to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran. A companion resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and is expected to be voted on by the House this week.

 “The American people are sick and tired of sending young men and women to war in the Middle East,” Baldwin said in a statement. “The Constitution is very clear that only Congress has the authority to declare war and I support Senator Kaine’s resolution to ensure that President Trump comes to Congress first before pursuing any military action against Iran and starting another war in the Middle East.”

 The resolution points out that only Congress has the power to declare war under the Constitution, and requires that further military action in Iran be authorized by a Congressional declaration of war.

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Ruth Conniff
Ruth Conniff

Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Examiner. She formerly served as Editor-in-chief of The Progressive Magazine where she worked for many years from both Madison and Washington, DC. Shortly after Donald Trump took office she moved with her family to Oaxaca, Mexico, and covered U.S./Mexico relations, the migrant caravan, and Mexico’s efforts to grapple with Trump. Conniff is the author of "Milked: How an American Crisis Brought Together Midwestern Dairy Farmers and Mexican Workers" which won the 2022 Studs and Ida Terkel award from The New Press. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and has appeared on Good Morning America, Democracy Now!, Wisconsin Public Radio, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets. She has also written for The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters.