U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s choice to kill Iranian navy commander Qassem Soleimani, as Democratic lawmakers questioned whether or not the motion was justified and the US braced for retaliation.
Democratic critics in Congress stated it was not clear to them why the Iranian navy chief, lengthy seen as a menace by U.S. authorities, needed to be killed now. They stated Trump doesn’t have the authority to go to warfare with out congressional approval, and that his actions put the nation at higher threat.
Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress have typically backed his choice.
Pompeo, Trump’s prime diplomat and adviser, made the administration’s case throughout a number of tv interviews on Sunday, saying there was “no scepticism” amongst senior U.S. leaders who had entry to all of the intelligence on Friday’s focused killing.
He deflected questions in regards to the “imminent assault” he had cited on Friday as justification for the strike, and described the menace posed by Soleimani as long-term and wide-ranging.
“We’d have been culpably negligent had we not taken this motion,” Pompeo stated on NBC’s Meet the Press.
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