Trump Claim That Soleimani Posed an ‘Imminent Threat’ Takes Another Hit

Iraq War veteran, Holbrook native sues Iranian government over attack allegedly aided by Soleimani

Trump Claim That Soleimani Posed an ‘Imminent Threat’ Takes Another Hit

By my direction the United States military launched a flawless precision strike that killed the world's number one terrorist.

Buttigieg said he would not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, should be become president, and said the drone strike killing Solemani "set off the chain of events that we're now dealing with as it escalates even closer to the brink of outright war".

"They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here", said protesters outside a university in Tehran in another clip cited by Reuters.

"What's the effect of that? What I'm saying is I share the president's view that probably, my expectation was, they were going to go after our embassies".

But she wasn't done yet.

Although Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both spoke out that they would not follow through with Trump's threats, Trump reiterated on his threats by saying there would be a "major retaliation" if Iran were to attack the us, according to NPR. Last week, Iran admitted that one of its soldiers had targeted the plane with missiles and shot it down.

Trump ordered the attack without congressional approval, but his administration claimed it was an "imminent threat" which can justify the decision: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended this claim, stating that Soleimani was "planning a broad, large-scale attack against American interests, and those attacks were imminent against American facilities", but did not know precisely when or where the attack would take place.

Two of Trump's most prominent Cabinet officials echoed that message on Monday.

As it becomes increasingly clear that that there was no genuinely reliable intelligence revealing that Qasem Soleimani was planning an attack on the USA, that could be thwarted by killing him, the domestic American impetus for targeting and killing Soleimani must be brought into sharper focus.




Iranian mourners gather for the burial of Qasem Soleimani.

In a statement, Collins said Kaine's resolution would let Trump respond to aggression from a hostile nation or repel an attack.

Trump told his supporters, "they're on our side". Another official, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, made a more concrete accusation against the United States - that Washington hacked Iran's airspace radar systems in a "cyberattack", making it impossible for authorities to tell if the commercial airliner was an enemy missile targeting the capital.

The candidates, including Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, completed the foreign policy section by emphasizing the need for diplomacy despite the growing tensions between the United States and Iran under the Trump administration.

"I would start negotiations again and I won't take that as a given, given that our European partners are still trying to hold the agreement together", said Klobuchar. 'What the president said with regard to the four embassies, is what I believe, as well'. But they, like other USA officials interviewed by The Associated Press, stopped short of saying definitively that no specific plot was broken up.

He also said he would "rebuild" the United Nations and the State Department to resolve global conflicts diplomatically.

That was President Trump on Friday. Trump had decided against military retaliation to those attacks, which damaged equipment but did not result in loss of life, but US officials anxious that Iran might confuse its restraint with weakness.

Still, U.S. officials defend the strike as restoring a check on Iran's aggression.

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