US President Donald Trump on Wednesday used his veto power against a Congressional decision to limit his powers to take military action against Iran.
Trump said in a statement that he used the veto "because it is a very humiliating decision put forward by Democrats as part of their strategy to win the elections scheduled for November 3 by dividing the Republican Party."
He added that this decision "would have severely damaged the president's ability to protect" the United States and its allies.
"We live in a hostile world where threats are constantly evolving, and the constitution states that the president must be able to anticipate the actions of our opponents and act quickly and firmly to respond to them."
Both houses of Congress had dealt a heavy blow to Trump in mid-March, when he passed the resolution, which was supported by the Democratic opposition and a portion of Republican lawmakers.
The decision prohibits the White House master from taking any military action against Iran, without previously obtaining "explicit permission" from Congress authorizing it.
After Trump used his right to veto this decision, which was to be expected, Democratic lawmakers allied to a number of Republicans skeptical of the feasibility of military solutions could no longer veto the president's veto for lacking the votes needed to do so.
It is noteworthy that on January 3, President Trump approved an American raid in Baghdad in which the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated, which led to the escalation of tension between Washington and Tehran, which responded with missile strikes on Iraqi bases sheltering American forces. . This tension has raised concerns in the United States of being drawn into a war with Iran.