01.03.20

Rep. Takano Statement on Trump’s Dangerous Escalation of Tensions with Iran

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released this statement after the Trump Administration conducted a deadly airstrike at Baghdad International Airport without consulting Congress.

“President Trump’s hostile action against Iran is a dangerous provocation that is leading us to the brink of unnecessary war, putting the lives of thousands of our servicemembers at risk. The President should have consulted Congress before taking such action. 

“The American people and Congress deserve to know what President Trump’s long-term, strategic plan is to de-escalate tensions with Iran and stabilize the Middle East. Now, more than ever, we need thoughtful and strategic diplomacy, and I’m concerned that President Trump’s decision was based on impulse and expediency without full consideration or preparation for its consequences.

“We cannot yield to the voices of hawks who embrace a war with Iran. Such a war is not in America’s best interest.”

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