CBS News reports:
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one of the most hawkish members of Congress, urged the Trump administration to order a military strike against Iran over recent attacks against oil tankers in the Middle East — a move he said will send the government in Tehran a message that the U.S. will not stand idle as commercial shipping is threatened.
“These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike,” Cotton said on “Face the Nation” Sunday.
Cotton said President Trump has broad authority to sign-off on military operations that “defend American interests.” He said last week’s attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman — which the U.S. has accused Iran of staging — represent a scenario in which the president can use his powers as commander in chief to respond.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 16, 2019
So Iran attacking non-US vessels requires the United States to attack Iran? We now go live to Archduke Ferdinand…
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) June 16, 2019