House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on Friday, in which she said that U.S. military action against Iran must not be initiated without approval from Congress.
She told the reporters that she was not notified by officials of Trump’s decision to approve the military strike when she and other leaders went to the White House.
“We left with the idea that the president was going to consider some options. I did not receive any heads-up that there was a strike that was in the works. Maybe the other leaders did on the Republican side, but I did not receive any of that,’’ said Pelosi.
Trump ordered military action against Iran but then changed his mind. He explained his actions on Twitter saying:
‘’We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when i asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.’’
One Iranian official said: “In his message, Trump said he was against any war with Iran and wanted to talk to Tehran about various issues.’’
Pelosi also said: “During our meeting with the President at the White House, Congressional Leaders stressed the necessity that we work with our allies and not strengthen the hand of Iran’s hardliners. We have no illusions about the dangerous conduct of the Iranian regime. This is a dangerous, high-tension situation that requires a strong, smart and strategic approach.’’