President Trump reportedly told Republican donors that “bad things were being said” about the U.S. prior to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. During a Friday fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago Resort, the president gave a minute by minute account of the U.S. drone strike that killed the commander in Baghdad.
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President Trump recently thanked a former Obama-era official for his comments on the operation which resulted in the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. In a tweet Tuesday, the president praised former National Security adviser and retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Jones.
According to a new report, the fatal U.S. air strike on the Iranian Gen. Qasam Soleimani may have been months in the making. NBC recently quoted several White House sources who said President Trump recognized Soleimani as a target after the downing of a U.S. Intelligence drone by Iranian forces back in June of last year.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has reaffirmed his belief that there was an imminent threat to the U.S. prior to the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. On Sunday, Esper stated an attack against the U.S. was “days away” and said it was described as being much bigger than previous actions taken by Iran.
President Trump is saying Iranian General Qasem Soleimani had been planning attacks on four U.S. embassies before his assassination. On Friday, the president released new details as to why the Pentagon believed Soleimani had been an “imminent” threat to the U.S.
White House is clarifying its position on withholding intelligence related to the Soleimani drone strike. One America’s Marty Golingan has the latest.
A Ukrainian 737 airliner crashed in Iran shortly after take-off on Wednesday morning. While citing preliminary data, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said all 167 passengers and nine crew members on board were killed in the incident.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise is saying the world is a safer place without Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Following the House briefing on the strike against Soleimani, Scalise said President Trump took the “appropriate action” and had clear legal authority to do so.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently defended the president’s actions towards Iran. While speaking at the State Department Tuesday, he justified the killing of Iran’s top military General Qasem Soleimani by claiming the operation saved American lives.