Duckworth unloads on Trump over possible attack on Iran
In a fiery speech, the Democratic senator and combat veteran demands the president seek a declaration of war from Congress before launching a military assault.
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In a fiery speech delivered on the Senate floor, as tensions build over an assault on Saudi Arabia oil fields, the combat-veteran lawmaker accused Trump of effectively outsourcing to Saudi officials the decision on whether there will be a U.S. military response to the attack.
“We have not authorized (Trump) to ensnare us in another endless, useless war,” said Duckworth, who lost both of her legs below the knee in the Iraq conflict. “I will not stand idly by and let a single one of our troops shed blood in an avoidable conflict because Donald Trump has abdicated matters of war and peace to a despot who regularly disparages human rights and openly murders journalists."
Duckworth got very personal in her speech. It will be interesting to see if Trump tweets at her.
“It’s shameful, it’s terrifying that we have a commander in chief that comes to military decisions by temper tantrum and then announces them by tweet,” she said. Unfortunately, she added at another point in her speech, Trumps has “a bizarre tendency to bow down and kiss up to the world’s cruelest tyrants,” a reference not only to bin Salman but also to Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s approach to all three leaders had indeed been unorthodox. The president has argued he can advance U.S. goals by forging personal relationships.
By: Greg Hinz
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