REP LIEU STATEMENT ON POLLING DATA SHOWING PUBLIC OPPOSITION TO NEW U.S. MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS
WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of new polling data from VoteVets and Concerned Veterans for America. Of those polled, 83 percent are opposed to new U.S. military engagements. This news comes amidst President Trump’s increasingly hostile rhetoric towards Iran. More than half of those queried would also like to repeal the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force, which this Administration believes can be used to justify military strikes against Iran.
"I've repeatedly expressed my concerns that Trump’s foreign policy has been based on bravado, not strategy. Iran and other hostile foreign nations are security threats that require a clear-eyed, deliberate approach--something Trump has never articulated. As a veteran, I am terrified that our men and women in uniform could end up risking their lives for Trump's worst impulses. It's evident based on VoteVets' polling that the vast majority of Americans agree with me. Public sentiment is essential, so it's important that those of us opposed to Trump starting a needless war make our voices heard."