US Senators vote to limit Trump’s powers on Iran

By Komal Fatima - Web Editor

14th February, 2020

US senators has limited President Donald Trump’s capability to wage war on Iran without congressional approval.

A bill has been passed by Trump’s fellow republicans in which this decision was taken. The resolution was passed by a vote of 55-45 after Trump warned that America will be less safe from Iran.

Note that the House had earlier passed a similar bill in January after killing of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani.

However, it is expected that Donald Trump will reject the bill once it is brought in the White House.

The resolution demands Donald Trump to remove troops who are involved in creating tensions with Iran unless Congress decides to wage war or allow specific use of force.

It also says that no element of the resolution “shall be construed to prevent the United States from defending itself from imminent attack”.

The bill was passed after the US Navy declared that it had seized weapons thought to be of Iran “design and manufacture” from Iranian dhow in the Arabian Sea.

The US military stated that the USS Normandy seized “150 ‘Dehlavieh’ anti-tank guided missiles” as well as “three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels”.

Donald Trump had tweeted a day before the vote, “It is very important for our Country’s SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution.”

“We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness… If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. It sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party.”

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