The United States House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday, announced that House Democrats will take up legislation to restrain President Donald Trump’s military actions amid hostilities with Iran.
“Today, to honor our duty to keep the American people safe, the House will move forward with a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran,” Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.
Pelosi stressed that Trump “has made it clear that he does not have a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe, achieve de-escalation with Iran and ensure stability in the region.
“Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy,” Pelosi wrote.
Her announcement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, CIA Director Gina Haspel and acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, briefed members from both parties about the situation
Meanwhile, Turkey and Russia have opposed a fresh war with a call on U.S. and Iran to prioritise diplomacy and de-escalate tensions.
Their joint call was issued in a statement after a meeting between Presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.
Iranian forces had fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of an Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.