President Trump said on Monday that he believes he has the authority to launch a military operation against Iran without congressional approval.
Trump said during an interview with The Hill that he has been consulting with Congress about the ongoing situation in the Persian Gulf but he disagrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he needs their consent for a military strike.
“But we’ve been keeping Congress abreast of what we’re doing… and I think it’s something they appreciate,” Trump told the outlet. “I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally.”
When asked whether he believed he had the authority to strike Iran, Trump said “I do.”
The president admitted, however, that talks with Congress have been fruitful and he had “learned a couple of things” during a recent meeting.
“They have ideas. They’re intelligent people. They’ll come up with some thoughts,” Trump said, referring to lawmakers.
“I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress.”