Trump-Iran conflict: Senate Republicans defy president by voting to limit his war powers

John T Bennett

A handful of Republican senators ignored Donald Trump's warnings about a Democratic-crafted measure designed to limit his ability to go to war with Iran.

The upper chamber passed the bill, authored by Senator Tim Kaine, with all 43 Democrats in support and eight Republicans joining them. Senators were both concerned that Mr Trump's killing of a top Iranian general – whom they all agree was a terrorist leader – was too brazen and that Congress since 9/11 has given too many war powers to the executive branch.

Senators Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Todd Young of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jerry Moran of Kansas defied Trump's call that GOP senators kill the bill before it could reach the House, where it is expected to pass.