Congressional Democrats are seemingly upset over President Donald Trump’s decision not to inform them of the airstrike on Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani beforehand.
It’s worth noting that the uproar is over a single, highly-targeted drone strike.
Its also worth noting that former President Barack Obama approved a whopping 2,800 strikes over his presidential tenure — by drone or other method — without congressional approval, according to the Washington Times.
One strike vs. 2,800 strikes.
It’s a big difference.
And it’s one Democrats should remember before they continue to dog pile on Trump. Right after the Soleimani strike on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complained about the lack of a congressional notification in a statement:
“The Administration has conducted tonight’s strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.
“The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the Administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region.”
Other Democrats were quick to demand action, with Sen. Bernie Sanders even putting forth legislation that would prevent Trump from deploying strikes and military operations against Iran without authorization from congress.
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We’ll behave lawfully, we’ll behave inside the system. We always have and we always will.“
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