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.
INGRAHAM: Don't the American people have a right to know what specifically was targeted by Soleimani? TRUMP: "I do… https://t.co/obwxkTnawk— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1578761750.0
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.
A reminder that in 2008, Donald Trump said George W. Bush should’ve been impeached over the Iraq War lies. https://t.co/Eu83aiuCxl— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1578762299.0
The self proclaimed “most transparent President ever.” https://t.co/RC7p54zSGn— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh) 1578770981.0
After the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as i… https://t.co/9RHnSc8RZ5— Tony Kuhn (@Tony Kuhn) 1578793478.0
How is it an elected official in the US Govt., elected by the people, responsible to the people, can make a stateme… https://t.co/GKT0mEmXYM— ImNotYourAdversary (@ImNotYourAdversary) 1578829484.0
Yeah this part right here said it all. “I don’t think so.” He feels so powerful doesn’t he? Americans gave executiv… https://t.co/CJFTofNTAP— OVVAChica (@OVVAChica) 1578763431.0
Trump's use of the word "probably" signaled uncertainty about Soleimani's efforts.
In graham asks the right question but neglects to follow up and press this “ genius” president. When you hear “I th… https://t.co/GKtTE0lMfT— Ken Giaquinto (@Ken Giaquinto) 1578848910.0
Trump: "It was "probably" going to be." Trump has lied so many time with regard to why they took out the General.… https://t.co/7KkOdMwL55— Annie (@Annie) 1578766203.0
PROBABLY???? https://t.co/8dfb5c43Vh— Cliff (@Cliff) 1578764021.0
Ingraham didn't press Trump for more information.