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Grijalva fears Trump defense works on impulse

Posted at 7:37 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 22:37:11-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - As military tensions crank up around the world, Congressman Raul Grijalva says he hopes President Trump isn't making military moves by impulse.

Grijalva wants the President to get a Congressional okay to use war powers.

North Korea continues to be an unpredictable threat, brandishing weapons to test another American President. North Korean leaders have been doing that for almost seventy years but now the regime there has nuclear weapons.

A poison gas attack in Syria, led the U.S. to launch a missile attack against the Syrian regime.

And the U.S. dropped one of it's biggest non-nuclear bombs on an Isis position in Afghanistan.

With stakes high and weapons flying, Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva wants to be sure President Trump isn't acting on impulse.

He says, “This is a strategic issue; requires planning, and any level of heightened war effort on the part of the Trump Administration, the one thing that needs to be done so that the American people can weigh in is to bring that to Congress, get a War Powers Act done, which is our Constitutional responsibility and then members can be judged on whether or not they voted for it or not." 

Grijalva thinks military action alone will not solve the problems in Korea or the Middle East.  He thinks it will take economic sanctions, diplomacy and influence from China and Russia.

On domestic issues he is worried about where budget cuts will fall.

"Education, health and many things that Americans depend on on that budget that worries me the most because that is ripping out an investment that is about building our society and our economy."

 And Grijalva thinks the budget and all it touches are the big fight ahead.