Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
No my assertion is that nobody could authorize military force in a non-combat theater other than the President himself. He didn't have to directly order it. He only had to do a Pilate hand wash and walk away.
That's your assertion, or required by US law?
I have found nothing to indicate that the POTUS has to approve sending assistance under those circumstances, or that he denied aid directly or otherwise.
If it is 'law,' or he did deny aid, please link it.
Snopes covers some of these points, and labels them 'undecided.' Which is hardly surprising.