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EXCLUSIVE: Trump: I don't need Iranian approval

President Trump Donald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says' stubborn child 'Fed' was not cutting rates MORE told Hill.TV in an exclusive interview Monday that he does not need Iranian approval to strike Iran.

When asked if he has, Trump said, "I do . "

" But we've been keeping Congress abreast of what we're doing … and I think it's something they appreciate, "he said in an exclusive interview outside the Oval Office. "I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it legally."

"We were pretty close to maybe making a decision to strike. Then I decided to do it. Nobody went out, by the I was going to make that decision by a certain time, and I decided not to do so because it wasn't really proportional, "Trump added.

Nancy PelosiThis Nancy Pelosi week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise MORE 's (D-Calif.) assertion that would need congressional approval for any "hostilities" against Iran.

"I disagree," he said. "Most people seem to disagree." "They have ideas. They're intelligent people. They'll come up with some thoughts," Trump said, referring to lawmakers. "I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress."

Pelosi made her statement Friday after Trump ordered and then reversed a decision to strike Iran following the downing of an unmanned and unarmed US surveillance drone last week. She told reporters she was not notified by officials of the president's decision on Thursday to approve the military action when she and other congressional leaders went to the White House for a briefing that day.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer ] Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate praying Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is an insult to the hopes of millions 'MORE (DN.Y.) Said Democrats told Trump during Thursday's Situation Room briefing that would need congressional authorization before a strike.

Sens. Tim Kaine Timothy (Tim) Michael KaineSchumer: Trump must get congressional approval before any military action against Iran Trump faces skepticism about Iran war authority from both parties Overnight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump is not with Iran MORE (D-Va.) And Tom Udall Thomas (Tom) Stewart Out of The Hill's Morning Report – Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran MORE (DN.M.) Have offered an amendment to the defense bill that would block Trump from using government funds to strike Iran without congressional approval. Schumer called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP likely to be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request MORE (R-Ky.) to delay a vote on the bill until after this week's Democratic presidential primary debate so that senators seeking the party's nomination can be presented to vote on the amendment.

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