Sarah Sanders Says There’s Nothing ‘Dumber’ Than Congress Having War Powers | HillReporter.com
Congress should not be able to “take power away from President Trump and put it into their own hands,” Sanders added.
Of course, anyone with a 9th-grade level of civics understands that the power to declare war rests with Congress already, as part of the Constitution. Article I Section 8 of that document reads, in part, as follows:
The Congress shall have power…[t]o declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
The president, as commander-in-chief of the military, does have certain powers, too, when it comes to carrying out the defense of the country. But according to reporting from the Washington Post, the War Powers Act of 1973 also limits the president from carrying out sustained military operations without informing Congress within 48 hours. After doing so, Congress may vote to curtail the president’s actions.