Pelosi demands briefing, claims Trump had no 'authorization for use of military force'


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants an immediate briefing from President Donald Trump's administration on the details pertaining to the airstrike that targeted a top Iranian general. Pelosi wants to know what happens next, seems worried about rising tensions, and she also claimed earlier that Trump had no "authorization for use of military force" to carry out the airstrike.

Multiple members of Congress, particularly Democrats, have spoken out against the airstrike, despite it terminating a known threat who is responsible for a multitude of American casualties.

While Americans on the Republican side cheer for the airstrike and wish for peace in the Middle East, it was Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer being largely vocal against it, possibly because the surgical attack could spark a retaliation.


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Phil Helsel from NBC News covered Pelosi's statement:

"Tonight's airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America — and the world — cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return," Pelosi said in a statement late Thursday.

The strike was carried out without an "authorization for use of military force" against Iran and without the consultation of Congress, the speaker said.

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"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," Pelosi said.

Other members of Congress, like Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have also spoken out against Trump's actions.

Pelosi's proverbial sidekick, Chuck Schumer, did too.

He said:

When the security of the nation is at stake, decisions must not be made in a vacuum... The framers of the constitution gave war powers to the legislature and made the executive the commander-in-chief for the precise reason of forcing the two branches of government to consult with one another when it came to matters of war and of peace.

And here we are with another divide between Republicans and Democrats. One side in support, one side against.

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