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Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

Trump aide Stephanie Grisham will retain the position of communications director as well as White House press secretary and chief spokesperson for first lady Melania Trump. It is expected to be approved by the House, which passed a similar resolution last month, but will probably be vetoed by the president.

Trump said Wednesday passage would send the wrong message to Tehran.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, agreed. Congress must authorize any deployment of forces to Iran, and I do not support such a push towards war.

Vindman, who raised concerns about a July phone call in which Trump pressed Ukraine's leader for investigations that could benefit him politically, "did exactly what we teach them to do", Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, told an audience at the Drew University Forum lecture series in Morristown, New Jersey. He called the resolution the "bluntest tool available to make a political statement against the president".

Morrison said, "Among the discussions I had with Dr. Hill in the transition [period] was our team, my team, its strengths and its weaknesses".

The White House said the bill "should be rejected because it attempts to hinder the President's ability to protect United States diplomats, forces, allies, and partners, including Israel, from the continued threat posed by Iran and its proxies". "It's about Congress fully inhabiting our Article 1 role [in the Constitution] to declare war, and taking that deliberation seriously". "It's about Congress", Kaine said.

The bill is virtually certain to be passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which passed its own version of the measure last month. US President Donald Trump called on the Senate not to adopt a resolution against the war with Iran, noting that now is "not the time to show weakness".

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The Palestinians, who have long shunned the Trump administration, accusing it of bias towards Israel, say the plan falls far short of their demands for a viable independent state and other rights.

The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due to the resolution. Sends a very bad signal. Don't let it happen!' Iran responded days later by launching more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq, which left more than 100 servicemembers with brain injuries. The attack caused traumatic brain injuries in at least 64 USA soldiers, the Pentagon said.

"So when something like this gets on his desk and represents the majority will of both bodies, he may not care about Congress, but he cares deeply about what the American public think about the prospect of another war", Kaine said.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole responsibility to formally declare war.

But Mike Lee, the Utah Republican who worked closely with Senator Bernie Sanders to cut United States support for the Saudi Arabian military's assault on Yemen, explicitly rejected the president's call on senators to abdicate their constitutional responsibility.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, author of the resolution and Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 election, said the vote reflected the importance of Congress weighing in on any decision to deploy troops.

Kelly has previously spoken out about the impeachment inquiry, Last fall he said he warned Trump against hiring a "yes man" to be his chief of staff.

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