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Pelosi Chides Trump For Not Consulting With Congress Prior To Strike On Iranian Military Leader

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had some choice words for President Donald Trump after he ordered a military drone strike on a high-level military official from Iran on Thursday evening.

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The Trump administration had “put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats, and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions,” Pelosi said in a statement regarding the attack on Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, The Week reported.

Pelosi also voiced contempt with Trump, noting that the order to kill Soleimani came “without an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against Iran” and “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,” she added.

In addition to Pelosi reportedly not being briefed on the matter, the full Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of lawmakers within Congress, were not given a heads up on the attack, much less consulted about its potential to disrupt the region.

The War Powers Resolution, passed in 1973 in the wake of the Vietnam War (which wasn’t technically declared a war by Congress), requires the president to communicate to Congress the reasons/rationale of committing troops or taking military action within 48 hours of doing so. If troops are deployed, it also requires the president to remove troops within 60 days if Congress doesn’t grant an extension.

The State Department has urged American citizens in the region to leave immediately following the attack, noting that Iran has vowed to retaliate for Soleimani’s death, the Los Angeles Times reported.