Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doubled-down on his all-out critique of the President’s foreign policy this week; saying Trump’s actions abroad “make America less safe.”
“Pres. Trump’s erratic, reckless foreign policy is making America less safe. His admin’s brazen willingness to undermine Congress’s war powers underscores the need for this legislation from Sen. Sanders & Rep. Khanna. Americans do not want another endless war in the Middle East,” posted Schumer on social media.
Pres. Trump’s erratic, reckless foreign policy is making America less safe.
His admin’s brazen willingness to undermine Congress’s war powers underscores the need for this legislation from Sen. Sanders & Rep. Khanna.
Americans do not want another endless war in the Middle East. https://t.co/O8RTebt3QJ
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2020
President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday afternoon after an Iranian missile strike on US troops in Iraq; saying Tehran “appears to be standing down” while vowing the Islamic Regime “will never have a nuclear weapon.”
“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” said the President. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned.”
“The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we need to use it. … We do not want to use it,” he added.
“U.S. defense officials told Fox News the U.S. military did not attempt to shoot down the ballistic missiles fired from Iran because there were no American military assets in place to intercept them. The Patriot and Avenger anti-missile defense systems are deployed to other locations in the Middle East, but not to the two Iraqi bases targeted by Iran. Officials say the American assets are in high demand and short supply around the world,” reports Fox News.
AMERICA RESPONDS: US Airstrike Kills Iranian General, Other Military Officials at Baghdad Airport
The United States launched an airstrike Thursday evening that resulted in the death of an Iranian general and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, according to Fox News.
“The Pentagon confirmed Thursday evening that Trump had ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Iran’s top ‘shadow commander’ was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, the State Department said,” reports Fox.
“I think the Iranian leadership understands President Trump will take action. … We made very clear that these responses would be swift and decisive. We have now demonstrated that. I hope the Iranian leadership will see that and see American resolve and that their decision will be to de-escalate and take actions consistent with what normal nations do. In the event that they do not and they go in the other direction, I know that President Trump and the entire United States government is prepared to respond appropriately,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“He’s got hundreds of American lives and blood on his hands. What was sitting before us was his travels throughout the region, his efforts to make a significant strike against Americans. There would have been many Muslims killed as well, Iraqis and people in other countries. It was a strike that was aimed at disrupting that plot, disrupting further aggression and we hope, setting the conditions for de-escalation as well,” he added.
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Source: Fox News
ANOTHER SCHIFF SHOW? Adam Schiff Calls for Congressional Hearings Into Trump’s Iraq Airstrike
Congressman Adam Schiff called for more hearings on Capitol Hill Monday regarding President Trump’s military action against a top Iranian General; saying the White House has put the United States “on a path to war.”
“The president has put us on a path where we may be at war with Iran. That requires the Congress to fully engage,” Schiff told the Washington Post.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 6, 2020
“I’m certainly not satisfied that the intelligence supports the conclusion that the killing of Soleimani was going to either prevent attacks on the United States or reduce the risk to American lives,” Schiff told the Post.
“I don’t think the intelligence was of the kind of character that would lead to a uniform recommendation that Soleimani should be killed,” Schiff added. “I think that was an impulsive judgment made by the president.”
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Source: The Hill