Trump informs Congress his tweets are sufficient notice to punish Iran; hot House committee tweets snarky rebuke

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With Democrats up in arms over the killing of an Iranian general with the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands, President Donald Trump is not backing down one iota in his stance on possible retaliation from the Persian Gulf country.

Taking to Twitter, the president promised that the United States would strike back, and likely do so in a “disproportionate manner.”

As for sniveling Democrats in Congress questioning his authority as commander in chief to protect the lives of Americans, Trump said his tweets serve as notification of any military response.

The president tweeted: “These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!”

Trump whipped Democrats into a fury Sunday while speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One on his return flight to Washington from Florida, when he stressed that Iranian cultural sights are not off limits should the U.S. launch retaliatory strikes.

“They’re allowed to kill our people, they’re allowed to torture and maim our people, they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way,” Trump said, according to pool reports.

There has been plenty of blustering and saber rattling from Iran since the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and Soleimani was considered to be a terrorist more dangerous than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or Osama bin Laden.

Amid the possibility of retaliation, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to warn Iran the U.S. has “targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago),” warning in all caps that the locations “WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

With the U.S. facing possible conflict with longtime foe Iran, House Democrats have been actively working to undermine the president.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Sunday in a letter that the Democrat-run House will introduce and vote on a war powers resolution this week to limit Trump’s military actions regarding Iran — Pelosi called the airstrike that took out Soleimani “provocative and disproportionate.”

There was also a House Foreign Affairs Committee tweet warning Trump that he’s not a dictator.

“This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act. And that you’re not a dictator,” the tweet read.


House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., took to Twitter on Saturday to further exploit the conflict for political gain.

Yet, when taking the chairman’s gavel in 2018, Engel said: “I really believe that Iran is the most dangerous player in the region.”

In the face of Democratic resistance, keep in mind that there have been a series of provocative actions from Iran since last summer when two oil tankers exploded in the Persian Gulf, culminating with the recent death of a U.S. contractor at a military base in Iraq and the subsequent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad — Soleimani is believed to have ordered that attack.

The embassy was targeted after a U.S. airstrike killed 25 fighters of an Iran-backed militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah, in retaliation for the killing of the contractor.

Yet, Trump faces the same resistance from Democrats and their media allies — who have responded with a cross between attacking the president and fear-mongering to stir the American public — as seen on domestic matters.

As for a method to his alleged madness, as the opposition would have you believe, the president was clear about the path he has chosen when responding to a tweet from Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, about the “basic truth of foreign policy” when it comes to terrorism.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1213684819537932293?s=20

A former Navy SEAL deployed five times to Afghanistan and Iraq, Crenshaw was the recipient of two Bronze Stars before being medically retired in Sept. 2016 after losing his eye while fighting in Afghanistan.

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