Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joined ABC’s “The View” to weigh in on the current crisis with Iran and President Trump’s decision to kill their top military commander Qassem Soleimani.
Yang called the Trump-ordered drone strike “a mistake” and said he would have never authorized the attack.
ABC News reports “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman asked the businessman how he would have instead responded to Iran aggressions.
“I would not have, no. I think it was a mistake,” Yang told the mostly liberal panel. “The story seems to be that a number of solutions were represented to President [Donald] Trump and he chose the most dramatic option that even the military leaders would never have expected him in some way.”
In a pitch to his supporters, Yang said he believes all Americans want a president with “the right temperament, judgment, and values” to handle situations like these.
.@HuntsmanAbby: "So, you wouldn’t have killed [Soleimani]?"
"I would not have, no. I think it was a mistake."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 9, 2020
Yang, who was joined on “The View” by his wife, said he would govern by asking Congress to declare war before taking any action.
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“I would push the power to declare war back to Congress where it belongs in our constitution,” he said, per ABC News.
"I think it was a mistake," @AndrewYang told the co-hosts. "The story seems to be that a number of solutions were represented to Pres. Trump and he chose the most dramatic option that even the military leaders would never have expected him in some way." https://t.co/jhchHqtnr5
— The View (@TheView) January 8, 2020
The report adds:
According to the 1973 War Powers Act, the president must notify Congress within 48 hours of any armed conflict and is required to get congressional approval for any involvement beyond 60 days, but Congress has often been reticent to vote on such involvement.
Yang stands as one of the top several remaining candidates in the race less than a month before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses — even outlasting several former and current lawmakers.
He and his wife have been campaigning together, openly speaking about the challenge of raising a son with special needs — as one of their sons is autistic. The couple have hosted several campaign events focused on how they’d support other families who have children with special needs.
With rising tensions with Iran, Andrew Yang says he “would push the power to declare war back to Congress where it belongs in our Constitution”: “I think Americans are looking for a commander in chief with the right temperament, judgment and values.” https://t.co/xCeZVwT3uD pic.twitter.com/HejDOcbNUQ
— The View (@TheView) January 9, 2020
Yang has still not qualified for the Democratic primary debate in January, the last before the first presidential caucus in Iowa. He needs three more polls to hit the latest threshold mandated by the Democratic National Committee.
“Well I’m new to most Americans and as soon as people find out more about me and my vision for the country, how we need to humanize our economy and make it work for us and our families, then we see consistent increases in support,” he said, speaking to “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin.
Yang’s signature campaign policy is the “Freedom Dividend,” an untaxed stipend of $1,000 that would be given to every American each month.
“We have to make the economy work for us, for you, for your families and the best way to do that is to put money directly into your hands,” he said, promoting the policy. “Dr. [Martin Luther King, Jr.] championed the guaranteed minimum income for all Americans and that is exactly what I’m fighting for.”
Andrew Yang on if he would be open to taking a vice president role: “I’m here to help solve the problems that affect us all, that we’re leaving for our kids. If that’s as president, great. If that’s in some other capacity, also great.” https://t.co/jhchHqtnr5 pic.twitter.com/GxnOqnk6TG
— The View (@TheView) January 9, 2020