Rep. Justin Amash Justin AmashSupreme Court Done to Decide on Citizenship Problems Democrats are trying to ban federal spending on Trump companies DC theater to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report MORE (R-Mich. ). on Monday said President Trump was wrong to say he could launch a military strike against Iran without congressional approval.
Constitution: Wrong. https://t.co/ywophIcF0X
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 25, 2019
Amash just explained moments after Trump said in an interview with The Hill that he believed he had authority to take military action against Iran without first going to Congress.
"But we've kept the Congress up to date with what we're doing … and I think it's something they appreciate," Trump said. "I like keeping them up to date, but I don't have to do it legally."
Discussions on a president's ability to take military action without the approval of Congress have recently emerged in the light of increasing tensions between the Trump administration and Iran.
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"Congress leaders are the president's accomplices and most Congress members are happy to get it that way, but the Constitution remains the law, "Amash replied.
The congressional leaders are the president's accomplice, and most congressional members are happy to have it, but the constitution remains the law. – Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 25, 2019
On Monday, Trump said Monday that the United States was "pretty close to deciding to strike" after Iran closed an unmanned US surveillance queen near The country last week. Trump later called the strike because he felt the answer was not "proportional".
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiI this week: Congress put together for Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren ascending MORE (D-Calif.) Responding to Fate of events by saying that "hostilities must not begin without the approval of the congress."
On Monday, Trump said he disagreed with Pelosi's attitude.
The war power clause in the Constitution entitles Congress to declare war. Under Article II, paragraph 2, the President is empowered to direct the military after a congressional declaration.
Amash, the only republican to support impeaching Trump, has repeatedly criticized the authorities for taking military action without congressional consent.