WASHINGDON: The US Senate has restrained President Donald Trump from attacking Iran, with eight members of his Republican Party rejecting their leadership writ to back the Iran war powers resolution.
The resolution that requires Trump to remove troops who are engaged in hostilities with Iran unless Congress declares war or passes a resolution allowing the specific use of force by a vote of 55-45, according to BBC. The Democrats-led Congress had passed the resolution in January, after Trump ordered the killing of a top Iranian general.
Trump is expected to veto the bill once it reaches the White House. A day before the vote, Trump tweeted: "It is very important for our Country's SECURITY that the United States Senate not vote for the Iran War Powers Resolution."
"We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness... If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad signal. The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party," he was quoted by BBC as saying.
The war powers resolution passed the Senate hours after the US Navy announced that it had seized weapons believed to be of Iranian "design and manufacture" from a Iranian dhow in the Arabian Sea.
In a statement, the US military said the USS Normandy seized "150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles" as well as "three Iranian surface-to-air missiles, Iranian thermal imaging weapon scopes, and Iranian components for unmanned aerial and surface vessels".
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who co-sponsored the legislation, cheered the resolution's passage.
"If we're to order our young men and women in uniform to risk their lives and health in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation," he said (with inputs from BBC).