Appearing as a guest on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning program, Sarah Sanders, the former press secretary for President Donald Trump, went on the attack against Democrats in Congress for their attempt to assert a power they already have within the United States Constitution.
The House is set to vote soon on limiting Trump’s ability to use the military to attack Iran without consultation of Congress first, USA Today reported. Though the president has called it a partisan vote that only Democrats are pushing, Republicans in the Senate have also expressed dismay with the Trump administration’s brazen suggestions that any public debate on Iran would be inappropriate for Congress to engage in.
Sanders came to the president’s defense on Thursday morning’s “Fox & Friends” broadcast. “I can’t think of anything dumber than allowing Congress to take over our foreign policy,” she said on the program.
She went on. “The last thing we want to do is push powers into Congress’ hands and take them away from the president,” she said on the program.
Fox News contributor Sarah Sanders on war powers: "I can't think of anything dumber than allowing Congress to take over our foreign policy … The last thing we want to do is push powers into Congress' hands and take them away from the president." (h/t .@tylermonroe7) pic.twitter.com/85M0y3E4II
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 9, 2020
Congress should not be able to “take power away from President Trump and put it into their own hands,” Sanders added.
Of course, anyone with a 9th-grade level of civics understands that the power to declare war rests with Congress already, as part of the Constitution. Article I Section 8 of that document reads, in part, as follows:
The Congress shall have power…[t]o declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
The president, as commander-in-chief of the military, does have certain powers, too, when it comes to carrying out the defense of the country. But according to reporting from the Washington Post, the War Powers Act of 1973 also limits the president from carrying out sustained military operations without informing Congress within 48 hours. After doing so, Congress may vote to curtail the president’s actions.