MADRID, 12 Feb. –
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, asked the Senate on Wednesday to reject a resolution that would limit his capacity for military action against Iran and said it would be “a sign of weakness.”
“It is very important for the security of our country that the United States Senate does not vote for the Resolution of Powers of War on Iran,” he said in a series of messages posted on his account on the social network Twitter.
“We are doing very well with respect to Iran and it is not time to show weakness. The Americans mostly support our support against the terrorist (Qasem) Soleimani,” he said, referring to the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard , killed in a bombing executed in early January in Iraq.
Thus, Trump has stated that “if their hands are tied, Iran will have a free way.” “This sends a very bad signal. The Democrats only do this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen,” he said.
The House of Representatives of the United States approved on January 10 a resolution to “limit” Trump's military actions against Iran in the wake of the bombing that killed Soleimani.
The vote has come forward with 224 votes in favor against 194 against, after eight Democrats joined the Republicans to oppose the resolution, while three Republicans voted instead.
The resolution will be voted this Wednesday in the Senate, since it is what is known as “concurrent resolution.” This means that it only requires the approval of both chambers and the president does not have to sign it to be effective.
Specifically, the resolution “orders the president to suspend the use of the United States Armed Forces to participate in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of his Government or Army” unless the US Congress has declared war or authorized “specifically” to participate in hostilities.
In addition, the text authorizes the use of the Armed Forces in case it is “necessary or appropriate to defend against an imminent armed attack against the United States”, but not in any other case.
The resolution is in accordance with a section of the War Powers Resolution, originally adopted to restrict the powers of former President Richard Nixon at the end of the Vietnam War.
The law, of 1973, states that any force involved in hostilities outside the United States “will be dismissed by the president if Congress so orders by a concurrent resolution.”
After the attack on Soleimani, the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, denounced that Trump had carried out the operation without prior authorization and without consulting Congress.
Before the vote, Pelosi had indicated that he does not believe that the country “is safer” after the “provocative” and “disproportionate” bombing that ended the life of Soleimani and the 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP ), Abu Mahdi al Muhandis.