Trump Says He Doesn't Think the American People Have a Right to Know What Threat Led Him to Assassinate Soleimani

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President Donald Trump ordered an air strike earlier this month that resulted in the death of Iran's top military official, Qasem Soleimani, while Soleimani was visiting Iraqi officials as a diplomat.

The move sent tensions with Iran skyrocketing, and resulted in retaliatory strikes on Iraqi military bases where American soldiers are stationed.

With Soleimani's death bringing the U.S. to the brink of yet another war in the Middle East, Americans wanted an explanation for why the assassination of Soleimani was urgent, and for how it improved the already growing tensions with Iran.

The White House cited imminent threats, implying that Soleimani was planning an attack on Americans that his death would've upended. This explanation, however, has come under scrutiny after changing stories and contradicting statements from White House officials.

The White House has yet to elaborate on what the specific threat was, and according to Donald Trump, it doesn't need to.

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When asked if Americans had a right to know what Soleimani was targeting, Trump responded:

"I don't think so, but we will tell you that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad."

Trump made a similar claim for the first time last week that Soleimani was targeting a U.S. embassy, however this appeared to be something he made up on the spot, given that lawmakers briefed on the motivations for the attack were told nothing of an imminent threat to a U.S. embassy.

People didn't take kindly to Trump's response to Ingraham.

Trump's use of the word "probably" signaled uncertainty about Soleimani's efforts.

Ingraham didn't press Trump for more information.


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