Trump: 'It Wouldn't Bother Me at All' to Ask Congress for Declaration of War

By Susan Jones | May 24, 2016 | 5:36am EDT
Republican Donald Trump says it "wouldn't bother" him to ask Congress for a declaration of war against Islamic State terrorists. (AP File Photo)

( - "Would you support asking Congress for a declaration of war?" Fox News's Bill O'Reilly asked Republican Donald Trump on Monday night.

"It wouldn't bother me at all doing that," Trump responded. "We probably should have done that in the first place. Look, we are at war with these people and they don't wear uniforms. It's not your traditional war where it's a war against Germany, Japan, or whoever.

"This is a war against people that are vicious, violent people, that we have no idea who they are, where they come from. We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now. So on top of wars on foreign land, wait until you see what happens in the future. It's probably not going to be pretty. I hope I'm wrong about that, but it's probably not going to be pretty"

O'Reilly persisted, telling Trump: "I want to get you on the record. Would you ask Congress to pass a declaration of war if you are elected"

"I would have no problem with doing it, Bill," Trump responded.

"Okay," O'Reilly said. But that doesn't mean you would do it, but I will take that."

"No. I will study the facts," Trump said. "But I would have -- I think right now I would have no problem with doing it because we are at war."

Trump spoke to The O'Reilly Factor hours after meeting with Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, although it is not known if the two men discussed war strategy.

According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress has enacted 11 declarations of war over the course of American history relating to five different wars (the War of 1812 with Great Britain; the War with Mexico in 1846; the War with Spain in 1898; the First World War; and the Second World War).

In addition, Congress has adopted a number of authorizations for the use of military force, the most recent being the joint resolution enacted on October 16, 2002, authorizing the use of military force against Iraq.

To wage the current wars against terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan (and Libya), President Obama is relying on a Bush-era 2001 authorization that allows the president to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

As previously reported, President Obama has asked Congress for an AUMF that would specifically mention the Islamic State terrorists, but the Republican-led Congress dislikes the narrow scope of the draft AUMF sent over by the White House and refuses to tie the hands of the next president by approving it -- or by submitting language of their own.


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Sen. Tim Kaine: 'We Have Made a Complete Hash of the...Doctrines of War'
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