The Trump Administration Will Ask Congress to Delay the ‘Gulf War’ Vote
Trump administration officials said Tuesday they are considering postponing a vote on whether to delay the 2018 vote on the Gulf War resolution, according to multiple news reports.
The administration has been weighing a vote in the House and Senate on the resolution to allow for an expedited vote on a resolution to authorize U.S. forces to go to Iraq.
The Trump administration, in the last year or so, has signaled it will vote against the resolution.
The White House said earlier this month it would consider delaying the vote if the resolution did not pass the House.
If the resolution is not voted on, the U.N. Security Council will have the option to impose sanctions on Iran and its proxies in the Gulf, which would be a “catastrophic escalation,” a senior administration official told Reuters.
A vote is scheduled for Friday.
The resolution would allow the U:authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf in order to protect U.K. interests in the region and to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Trump administration officials have said that they are reviewing the possibility of postponing the vote.
According to a senior Trump administration official, the administration has decided not to take a vote to delay it, in part because they believe it would be “a mistake” to delay.
It is unclear how many members of Congress will be voting against the vote and whether other countries will be joining the vote, the senior administration source told Reuters on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the effort to advance the resolution, said the administration is considering postponement.