Rep. DeLauro on Sen. Graham’s War Plan for N. Korea: ‘Congress Makes’ That Call

By Gavi Greenspan | June 14, 2018 | 12:49pm EDT
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
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( -- When asked whether she would support Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) proposal for Congress to authorize military action against Communist North Korea if it does not denuclearize, Rep. Rosa DeLaro (D-Conn.) said she did not have “a clue” as to what the administration “gave up” in the deal and that, in the end, it is Congress that decides to declare war.

On the June 10 edition of ABC News’ This Week, Sen. Graham discussed the U.S.-North Korea summit on denuclearization and stressed that it needed political teeth. “So, here’s the question for my Democratic colleagues,” said Graham, “If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize the use of military force as a last resort to convince North Korea and China things are going to be different this time?”

At the Capitol on Wednesday, asked Rep. DeLauro, “Senator Lindsey Graham is calling on Congress to pass an Authorization for Use of Military Force to authorize war against North Korea, if Kim does not give up his nuclear weapons program. Should Congress authorize war against North Korea?”

DeLauro said, “Listen, let me just say this. I mean, I have spent my time here focused on diplomacy and the direction that we ought to go as a nation with the most recalcitrant opponents, our enemies.”

“We ought to exhaust our diplomatic efforts before we take a nation to war,” she said.  “My thought was that we had come off, a little bit off of that cliff, and we see this, this summit.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

“But I have to be very, very honest with you,” said DeLauro. “I haven’t got a clue as to what we gave up. I have no, there is no specificity about denuclearization. I don’t know if Lindsey Graham has a -- he’s been told what is there but we do not have any information about any of what’s happened.”

She continued, “I do know that we said we are not going to deal with readiness maneuvers and we did that, why? And we had two people sitting, coming to conclusions without a note-taker in the room. So we in fact have no idea as to what has happened.”

“But the Congress makes a determination of when we go to war,” said the congresswoman.

President Trump and dictator Kim Jong-Un signed a four-point agreement on Tuesday in Singapore that included North Korea’s commitment “to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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