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Trump: U.S. Killed Qassem Soleimani to ‘Stop a War’

By Elaine Owen, Editor

President Trump denied on Friday afternoon (Jan. 3,
2020) that the U.S. drone airstrike that killed Iranian general
Qassem Soleimani on Thursday was intended to “start a
war.” Trump reiterated that Soleimani, whom he called the
“number one terrorist anywhere in the world,” was planning
“imminent and sinister attacks” against U.S. personnel. He
added that Soleimani’s “sick passion” was killing innocent
civilians. “We take comfort knowing that his reign of terror
is over,” he said. “We took action to stop a war. We did not
take action to start a war.” He also added that the U.S. does
not “seek regime change” in Iran, but said the country’s aggression
and use of proxies in the region “must end and it
must end now.” “I am ready and prepared to take whatever
action is necessary,” he said.

Breaking News
@ABC
Pres. Trump: “Last night at my direction, the United
States military successfully executed a flawless precision
strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in
the world: Qassem Soleimani.”

DAILY BEAST. Trump Taunts Iran After Soleimani
Strike: ‘Never Won a War!’
REUTERS wrote, “President Donald Trump taunted
Iran the morning after he ordered a deadly drone strike
on the the Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
The attack on Iran’s most important commander has provoked
fury in the country, and its president has vowed to
take revenge. In President Trump’s first public comment
about the attack—other than an image of a U.S. flag he
posted to Twitter on Thursday night—he wrote: “Iran
never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
In a followup tweet, Trump said Soleimani had killed
Americans “and was plotting to kill many more… but got
caught!” He also claimed that “Soleimani was both hated
and feared” within Iran. “They are not nearly as saddened
as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He
should have been taken out many years ago!”
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday
morning that the hit was designed to disrupt an “imminent
threat,” but refused to offer further details. Appearing
on CNN’s New Day, Pompeo said “hundreds” of
American lives would have been at risk if the commander
wasn’t killed. “We needed to strike to make sure this
imminent attack, that he was working actively, was disrupted,”
he said.

New Day
@NewDay
@SecPompeo says Iran’s top military leader Qasem
Soleimani was actively plotting in the Middle East and
that “President Trump’s decision to remove Qasem Soleimani
from the battlefield saved American lives.”

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