When Republican President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that U.S. forces had held off from a planned retaliation against Iran for what the American military says was that country’s shooting down a drone, reactions from Maryland Democrats included advice, warnings and concern.
Here’s the statement from Trump, as well as some of the reaction from current and former members of the state’s congressional delegation:
“Many of the same idiots who pushed for war in Iraq are now in the Trump administration and have been itching to go to war against Iran. They have engaged in a series of provocative actions designed to suck us into a conflict. That would be a big mistake. The Constitution requires that the Congress declare war, and I’m a cosponsor of an amendment to the (National Defense Authorization Act) to require congressional authorization before the president can attack Iran.” — U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat.
"The tensions couldn't be higher and the chances of a miscalculation are very, very high. It's our responsibility to try to calm things down. The Trump policies have sort of heated things up." — U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Democrat on CNN. Cardin is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“It is critical that we work closely with our allies and take careful, strategic steps in the tense days to come. As we have seen before, it is all too easy for a conflict to escalate into a war that could have a very real toll on our country in terms of lives lost and money squandered.” — U.S. Rep. David Trone, Democrat representing Maryland’s 6th District and Foreign Affairs Committee member.
“We need a president with a strong and stable hand and strategic approach; we should not contribute mindlessly to conditions which could spark a crisis, put the extraordinary men and women of the U.S. military at risk, and undermine the interests of the citizens of the United States.” — Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman.
“The President said he believed a military strike at this moment would be disproportionate, and his decision to cancel the strike was the right decision. However, this Administration has failed to give Congress, the American people, or our allies any indication that it has a strategy to compel Iran to change its behavior.”— House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat representing Maryland’s 5th District.