President Donald Trump CONTINUES to be a serial liar….
The ‘imminent threat’ thing from Trump isn’t true…
Ands he doesn’t care or think doing so counts….
President Trump on Monday said it didn’t matter if Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States because of his “horrible past.”
According to NBC, Trump gave a directive authorizing a strike against Soleimani in June of 2019 “if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American.” The report significantly undermines the administration’s claim that Soleimani needed to be killed because he posed an “imminent threat” to American lives.
On January 2, the Pentagon confirmed that, at Trump’s direction, US forces killed Soleimani in an airstrike near Baghdad’s airport. The strike took place less than a week after Iranian proxy forces attacked US-allied forces in Iraq, resulting in the death of a US military contractor.
Since the strike on Soleimani, US officials have given thinly-sourced and often contradictory justifications as to why the US decided to strike the Iranian leader now, a move that has drastically inflamed tensions between the US and Iran, putting both US forces and allies in the region at risk….
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that he did not see tangible evidence showing that Iran planned to strike four U.S. embassies, despite President Trump’s claims that an attack at multiple embassies was “imminent.”
The president’s comments came just a week after he ordered the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, which sparked retaliatory Iranian strikes on bases in Iraq that housed American troops and nearly brought the two countries to war. The Trump administration has avoided giving specific details about the intelligence that prompted the drone strike that killed Soleimani at the Baghdad airport.
Esper, who was pressed on Trump’s assertions in several morning television interviews, said he did not see evidence of a specific tangible threat from Iran, but said he agreed with the president that Iran “probably” had a plan to strike.
“The president didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence. What he said was he believed,” Esper said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I didn’t see one, with regard to four embassies.”…