Rep. Justin Amash Justin AmashSupreme Court Announces Decision on Citizenship Question of the Census Democrats Are Going for a Ban on Federal Issues in the Trump Business DC Theater to Host an 11-Hour Reading of the Mueller Report MORE ( R-Mich.) On Monday said President Trump was wrong to say that he is launching a military strike against Iran without the approval of Congress could.
Constitution: Wrong. https://t.co/ywophIcF0X[19459012lightboxes-JustinAmash(@justinamash) June 25, 2019
Amash gave the statement just moments after Trump said in an interview with The Hill that he had believed that Authority to take military action against Iran without going to Congress first.
"But we've kept Congress informed of what we're doing … and I think they appreciate that," Trump said. "I like to keep you posted, but I do not have to do it legally."
Discussions about a president's ability to take military action without the approval of the congress have surfaced in the recent period of escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Iran.
CNN Moderator Jake Tapper Jacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper repeatedly urges Pence to consider climate change as a threat Castro urges O & Rourke's criticism of the plan to decriminalize border crossings Pence: Reports of conditions in detention centers prove that "Congress must act" MORE Asked Amash on Twitter whether Congress "voluntarily annulled that power by not insisting on its constitutional role".
"And is not it leader (both D and R) essentially did it for decades for cowardice – not to be held accountable?" Asked Tapper.
"Congressmen are the accomplices of the president, and most congressmen are glad that this is so, but the constitution remains the law," Amash replied.
Congress chairpersons are the accomplices of the president, and most congressional members are glad that this is so, but the constitution remains the law. Http: // tps: //t.co/zAgJ6Dlb5Uhttps: //t.co/yepaO0Ne1O
– Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 25, 2019
Trump said on Monday in new comments that the US "are about to make a decision to strike" after Iran last shot down an unmanned US surveillance drone near the country week. Trump later canceled the strike because he felt the reaction was not "proportionate".
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiThis week: Congress is on the verge of clashing with Trump's Demand of the Border Judd Gregg: An Irish Friend and Wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the Rise MORE (D-Calif. ) Responded to the events by saying that the hostilities can not be initiated without the consent of the Congress.
Trump said on Monday that he did not agree with Pelosis position.
The Constitutional War Clause grant Congress the right to declare war. In accordance with Article II, Section 2, the President is empowered to direct the military following a statement by the Congress.
Amash, the only Republican to support Trump's impeachment trial, has repeatedly criticized governments for taking military action without congressional approval.