WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from both parties said President Donald Trump should be able no longer to change the law of the nations and should instead be subject to a court’s ruling.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Monday asked Trump to immediately stop using the executive order issued Monday to overturn the Iran nuclear deal, which is designed to restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The White House has already said Trump could rescind the order, which he did on Monday, but some Democrats and Republicans questioned whether the move could actually succeed.
“President Trump should immediately rescind his order that is intended to circumvent the law, and should immediately cease any further use of executive orders and executive actions to circumvent our foreign policy obligations,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
In a statement, Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, called the move “ridiculous” and “politically motivated.”
The move comes after Trump’s lawyers filed a motion Friday seeking to have a court stop the president from enforcing the Iran sanctions, arguing that he has broad authority to issue orders and impose sanctions and that the law does not permit him to do so.
A ruling in the lawsuit could also force Trump to step aside from the Iran deal, a key element of his campaign pledge to renegotiate it and reverse a major U.S. policy to limit Iran’s atomic program.
Lawyers for Trump also argue that the order was not issued in an “appropriate manner” and that it violated the U.N. charter and the U.”s own laws,” according to the motion.