Pompeo on Soleimani Strike: ‘I Think the Iranian Leadership Understands President Trump Will Take Action’


Source: Legal Insurrection


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox & Friends that President Donald Trump’s order to strike and kill Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani proves that he will do everything he can to protect Americans.

From Fox News:

Pompeo stressed that the Trump administration has shown military “restraint” in the face of dozens of attacks directed by Iran and its proxies against American interests, culminating in the death of an American contractor in Iraq last week.

“I think the Iranian leadership understands President Trump will take action. … We made very clear that these responses would be swift and decisive. We have now demonstrated that. I hope the Iranian leadership will see that and see American resolve and that their decision will be to de-escalate and take actions consistent with what normal nations do. In the event that they do not and they go in the other direction, I know that President Trump and the entire United States government is prepared to respond appropriately,” said Pompeo.

Pompeo said the strike was carried out to prevent an “imminent attack” by forces directed by Soleimani.

Pompeo also took a shot at President Barack Obama’s administration’s love affair with the Iranian regime:
“We didn’t send pallets of cash to the Iranians. We didn’t pay for hostages. We didn’t create a deal which would have given them a clear pathway to a nuclear weapon. We have taken a very different approach. We believe it’s the one that will ultimately lead to success and stability in the Middle East,” he said.
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