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6 May 2020

President Trump vetoed S.J Res. 68, a war powers resolution passed by Congress, which “purports to direct the President to terminate the use of U.S. Armed Forces in hostilities against Iran”. In a statement, Trump characterised the resolution as “unnecessary because it incorrectly implies that the military airstrike against Qassem Soleimani in Iraq was conducted without statutory authority”, and “dangerous because it could hinder the President’s ability to protect U.S. forces, allies and partners, including Israel, from the continued threat posed by Iran and Iranian-backed militias”. Trump further argued that the resolution “overlooks the President’s need to respond to threats beyond imminent attacks on the U.S. and its forces. Protecting the national security of the U.S. involves taking actions to de-escalate threats around the world, including threats posed by Iran and Iranian-backed militias … This resolution would impede the President’s ability to counter adversarial forces by anticipating their next moves and taking swift actions to address them decisively”.

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