Tillerson, Mattis urge Congress not to repeal 2001 war authority

If Congress decides to pass a new authorization for use of military force, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asks that the war authority be unlimited in its time and geographic reach.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Comittee hearing on Friday, Tillerson said that any new AUMF, or authorization for use of military force, passed by Congress should “should not be time constrained” and “must not be geographically restricted.”  

He added that legislation that sets a termination date may “unintentionally embolden our enemies.”

Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis both said that no new war authorization was needed, testifying on the Trump administration’s view of the authorizations passed in 2001 and 2002, under which US troops have been engaged in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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