Hurricane controversy shows Trump can’t be trusted on Iran
Published 8:54 AM EDT Sep 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., slammed the Trump administration’s handling of recently escalated tensions with Iran in a television interview Monday.
Noting that only Congress had the constitutional power to declare war, Omar said in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that the administration could not be trusted to “give us the full information” on potential tensions with Iran because of past falsehoods about “weather maps or crowd sizes.”
“I think we need to make sure that the American people understand that this administration – that lies about weather maps or crowd sizes – cannot be trusted to give us the full information we need to be able to make a decision whether we should be going to war or not with Iran,” Omar said.
Omar added that “We are not in a position to think about another endless war and I really hope that my colleagues in Congress are going to pressure this administration to take a step back and figure out how we use diplomacy in the de-escalating the situation.”
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The Minnesota Democrat had been referring to previous controversies about the size of President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day crowd and the path of Hurricane Dorian.
In January 2017, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed Trump’s crowd was the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.”
And earlier this month, Trump had stoked controversy by presenting a hurricane map apparently altered to show Alabama in the potential path of the hurricane, despite forecasted trajectories saying to the contrary.
Trump has said the U.S. was “locked and loaded” in the event of an armed response to an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and he has leaned towards blaming Iran for the attacks. Iran has denied responsibility for the attacks.
He added later Monday, though, that “we’d certainly like to avoid” any armed conflict with Iran.