The death of Major General Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran's most powerful military leaders, who was killed on President Donald Trump's orders, sent shock waves throughout the country on Friday.
The Iranian general's death prompted varied responses from New York's congressional members.
All agreed Soleimani's actions ended hundreds of American lives, but legislators were split on whether Trump should have solicited congressional input before making the call.
Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning
Reed applauded Trump's decision "to seize the moment and take out dangerous threats" in a statement Friday.
"However, if the situation with Iran escalates further ... Congress must not hide behind the outdated Authorizations of Military Force resolutions," Reed said in the statement. "I have and will continue to chastise Congress for being political cowards on these matters."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY
On Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke on the Senate floor about the attack in Iran. He, like many House representatives, said Soleimani was a notorious terrorist responsible for the deaths of many Americans.
But, Schumer said, he hopes the Trump administration will seek congressional insight to answer difficult questions about what happens next: What response do we expect? Do we have plans to counter all of the possible responses? How does the administration plan to manage an escalation of hostilities?
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY
Gillibrand released a statement Friday and chastised the president, saying Trump has "acted recklessly and without strategy, escalating military risk, breaking his own promises, ignoring the precedent of the last two decades of war, disregarding allies, and throwing away our diplomatic wins."
She urged the Trump administration to seek input from Congress before determining goals related to military action.
"The Trump administration must brief Congress immediately on any military plans and what steps are being taken to safeguard Americans," Gillibrand said in the statement. "And Congress must exercise its constitutional authority before it is too late."