May 06, 2019

Udall: Trump Administration’s Iran Saber Rattling Raises Specter of Unnecessary, Unconstitutional Conflict

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton issuing a statement unnecessarily increasing tensions with Iran and raising the specter of U.S. military involvement in another armed conflict in the Middle East.

Udall is the co-author of bipartisan legislation in the Senate to prevent a war with Iran from being carried out unless there is explicit authorization from the U.S. Congress. In March, he authored a Washington Post op-ed with U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) calling for action from Congress to prevent the administration from carrying out an unauthorized war with Iran. Today, Udall issued the following statement: 

“The Trump administration’s team of saber-rattling foreign policy advisors are all but openly shouting their desire for an unauthorized and unconstitutional war with Iran, needlessly putting American troops and their families at risk. Nearly a year after abandoning the JCPOA with little to show for their diplomatic failure, the administration is pulling directly from the same failed playbook that launched us into war with Iraq – barreling toward an open-ended conflict in the Middle East that the American people do not want and that Congress has not authorized. Congress must act immediately to stop this reckless march to war before it is too late.”