War Hero Tammy Duckworth Eviscerates Trump For His Foreign Policy 'Illiteracy', Says Her Toddler Has More Self-Control

Combat veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth launched into an eviscerating tirade against President Donald Trump on the Senate floor on Wednesday, claiming her 20-month-old child has "better impulse control" than the president.

Accusing Trump of putting the U.S. at risk of entering a "reckless, unauthorized war of his own making," Duckworth, a Democrat, lambasted the president for claiming that "all is well" on Wednesday, just a day after Iran's attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

The attacks had come in response to the Trump administration's assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. air strike last week.

Trump's handling of the situation, Duckworth said, has put the U.S. at risk of isolating itself from its partners, in addition to jeopardizing regional democracy and putting the lives of U.S. troops at risk.

"'All is well.' That's what Donald Trump said just hours after a dozen missiles were fired at two U.S. military bases last night," Duckworth said on Thursday. "That's what he said as our nation careens toward a reckless, unauthorized war of his own making—borne out of his illiteracy in matters ranging from foreign policy to common sense."

Noting that, unlike Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in 2004 while serving in Iraq, Trump has never "deigned to put on the uniform," the senator said she wanted to make "something clear to him: All is certainly NOT well when war is on the horizon just because you wanted to look like the toughest kid on the playground."

Yet, the war hero said, "my diaper-wearing 20-month-old has better impulse control than this president."

"Once again he's been manipulated by a hostile regime into decisions that further their goals while endangering the security of the nation Trump's actually supposed to lead... All these dictators have realized the same thing: the President of the United States is as easy to control as a toddler," she said. "Sweet talk him or thump your chest and issue a few schoolyard threats, and you've got him. He'll fall for it every time, doing your bidding as if it's his own."

"With one choice, Donald Trump squandered the opportunity that existed to push for greater democracy and stability in the region," Duckworth said. "In one fell swoop, he somehow managed to villainize the U.S. and victimize Iran... isolating us from our long-term partner in Iraq and amping up Iran's influence in a country everyone knows is vital to our security interests throughout the Middle East."

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a news conference about resisting the Trump Administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with at the U.S. Capitol July 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The war veteran has been an outspoken critic of Trump's leadership. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Duckworth implored her colleagues on the other side of the aisle to "recognize our Commander-in-Chief for who he really is."

"Donald Trump will never willingly cut the puppet strings that the likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are using to make him dance. We need a strong majority in the Senate to force such action," she said. "Until then, small-time dictators will continue to have access to the world's most powerful marionette... and we will all suffer the consequences."

During his speech on Wednesday, Trump tried to reassure Americans that Iran appeared to be "standing down" following its attack on Iraqi bases.

"No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well," he said.

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