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Trump’s Tweet not Sufficient to Satisfy the War Powers Act

Trump’s Tweet not Sufficient to Satisfy the War Powers Act

Rupar, A. (2020, January 6). "These media posts willserve as notification": Trump’s dangerous Iran tweets, briefly explained.Vox.

This article addresses atweet sent by Donald Trump that many felt it was dangerous. The author statesthat Trump put a "bookend on a weekend of remarkably dangerous andunhinged tweeting” after sending a tweet notifying congress of possiblemilitary strikes in Iran, thinking that it satisfies his obligations under theWar Powers Act. The tweet read“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congressthat should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States willquickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner“Such legal notice is not required,but is given nevertheless!” Yale law school professor Oona stated that a tweetis not sufficient to satisfy the War Powers Act and that Trump was required tosend a written notification to the Congress within 48 hours of any military action.Trump’s tweet is said to have come in a disproportionate manner as another onethat threatened to destroy a country’s cultural sites. The House ForeignAffairs Committee tweeted back telling Trump that he is not a dictator.  The author says that Trump’s tweetillustrated his disregard for legal checks. The threat he sent to destroycultural sites in Iran in another tweet are stated to be against the GenevaConventions agreement that prohibits any kind of hostility directed againsthistorical monuments, art, and places of worship.

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