On Thursday night, the news broke that the president and Pentagon had authorized U.S. air strikes that killed Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani, which could invoke serious consequences for the U.S.
Mr. Trump made a statement from the White House on Friday afternoon, explaining why the military was commanded to do as they did. He continues to maintain that Iran had significantly threatened the lives of U.S. diplomats and others.
However, given the significance of his impending Senate impeachment trial and the fact that more evidence was found connecting him to the withholding of aid to Ukraine, many more factors are obviously at play here.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 3, 2020
Here’s how Twitter responded to his statement:
Solemani’s killing though was a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between the U.S and Iran. According to USA Today:
‘Iran warned Friday a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the United States after top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed by the Pentagon in an airstrike.
‘Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed vengeance.
‘Khamenei said in a statement published by Iranian state media that the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”‘
Khameni called for three days of mourning and said:
‘His departure to God does not end his path or his mission. But a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.’
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