After a missile attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities sent crude oil prices skyrocketing, President Donald Trump tweeted that the United States was "locked and loaded" and awaiting instructions from Saudi Arabia to retaliate against the culprit, which many believe to be Iran.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded de… https://t.co/KIcQ6LdQ90— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1568587806.0
Twitter users bristled at Trump deferring to Saudi royals to determine American military actions.
Lawyer and frequent Trump critic, George Conway, used Trump's infamous Sharpie scandal to call out the President for his subservience to Saudi Arabia and eagerness to embroil the United States in yet another conflict in the Middle East.
Conway altered the section of the United States Constitution giving Congress the authority to declare war.
gosh, I went back to take a look at Art. I, sec. 8, cl. 11 of the Constitution, and it looks like someone recently… https://t.co/2HVodqlEOF— George Conway (@George Conway) 1568636208.0
The original passage gives Congress the power
"To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water."
In the past, Trump's kow-towing to Saudi Arabia has caught some negative attention. The president has numerous financial ties to Saudi Arabia, despite claiming to have none. His weakness in rebuking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was also the subject of immense backlash.
People concurred with Conway's trolling.
@gtconway3d From 2014 https://t.co/KZ69DlkCnJ— Cassandra Carson (@Cassandra Carson) 1568648600.0
@gtconway3d Trump thinks he’s a sharpie, but he’s not. Unfortunately his tiny hands are too close to the war button… https://t.co/kumLkqoduO— Randy (@Randy) 1568649510.0
@gtconway3d Has the republicans said anything about how @realDonaldTrump is bowing down and sucking up to the Royal Saudis?— JorgeMagnifico (@JorgeMagnifico) 1568657116.0
@gtconway3d @CharlesPDaly713 Trump never met an oil barrel he didn't like.— me (@me) 1568647444.0
@gtconway3d https://t.co/2flV3pVyHI— Scotiaalba (@Scotiaalba) 1568666051.0
@gtconway3d And you forgot the part about Free Press except if Saudi family wants to slaughter a journalist.— JustCurious (@JustCurious) 1568645243.0
The Trump administration has yet to confirm whether it intends to retaliate on Saudi Arabia's behalf.
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