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Trump Bristles at Congress over War Powers Vote

CNN is reporting that President Trump is “furious” with House lawmakers over their vote to curb his war powers when it comes to Iran.

“New Day” host Alisyn Camerota reported, “President Trump is reportedly furious over the House vote on the Iran War powers resolution. This is according to multiple people who have spoken with him.”

After The House voted, mostly along party lines 224-194, Trump told over 8000 supporters at Toledo’s Huntington Center the real reason he didn’t like the bill. “You should get permission from Congress,” Trump said. “You should tell us what you’re going to do so we can call up the fake news and we can leak it.”

Part of the House resolution stipulates future military action against Iran would require a declaration of war by Congress, unless “such use of the Armed Forces is necessary and appropriate to defend against an imminent armed attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its Armed Forces, consistent with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution.”

Speaking of his decision to approve the drone strike that killed Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani, Trump said, “We didn’t have time to call up Nancy [Pelosi], who is not operating with a full deck.”

Ignoring some Congressmen’s claim Trump’s explanation for targeting the Iranian despot, the President said, “He was looking very seriously at our embassies and not just the embassy in Baghdad, but we stopped him very quickly and we stopped him cold.”

While the resolution angered the President, it will have absolutely zero impact on his ability to make the same kind of judgment call again, when the time is right. The democrat-controlled House passed the empty legislation that has no authority to limit the President’s war powers. They did, however, get plenty of airtime to spout their leftist propaganda and a general disdain for President Trump.

Hot Air reports that the real problem in the House is that the President didn’t tell them something because he wanted it to get done before they could torpedo it with leaks. “There are too many potential threats sitting in the legislative branch of government to be able to trust them not to warn U.S. enemies of any potential preemptive self-defense, which could cost lives.”

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who has been an outspoken supporter of the President, surprised Trump by bucking his party and voting for the resolution to limit his war powers. Gaetz explained he still supports the President and won’t be putting down his MAGA hat anytime soon, but that he believes the resolution is necessary to restore power to Congress.

On the day of the House vote his staff sent this email to Republicans to try to convince them to vote for the war powers resolution against Trump, “Reclaiming Congressional power is the Constitutional conservative position! We WILL be voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 83 and hope you will do the same!”

If the resolution has no power, why is Trump so angry? Part of it is a part of his personality his supporters love most. He’s amiable until you attack him. Hit him on the arm and he’s going to punch you in the face.

As the Senate takes up the matter, President Trump and his supporters should accept that everything he does will be polarizing. With a roaring economy, he has barely a six percent approval rating among Democrats while over 90 percent among Republicans.

The moral of that story Mr. President is to keep being who you are. A president who keeps his promises will always be in crosshairs of politicians who fear promises that mean something.

 


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