Mr. Trump’s authorization of the killing of Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani on January 2, erupted in a week of strong tension in the Middle East. The action caused many to pause and reflect on the president’s grave mistake, and resulted in the House passing a resolution on Thursday limiting Trump’s war powers against Iran.
On Thursday, though, Mr. Trump was right back on the campaign trail rallying in Ohio, where many Midwesterners still tout his support. Trump eyed his first rally of the year as an opportunity to translate his confrontation with Iran into strength on the campaign trail.
According to The New York Times:
‘Mr. Trump celebrated his decision to order a drone strike killing Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite security forces, calling him “the world’s top terrorist” and insisting that he was planning to attack American embassies.’
Trump told the crowd at Huntington Center:
‘He was a bad guy. He was a bloodthirsty terror and he’s no longer a terror. He’s dead.’
After the House passed a resolution, limiting Trump’s war powers with Iran, Trump insisted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had her prioties wrong and instead blamed it on Democrats. He said:
‘I see the radical left Democrats have expressed outrage over the termination of this terrorist. Instead, they should be outraged by Suleimani’s savage crimes.’
According to The Times:
Mr. Trump’s trip to Ohio was the 15th of his presidency. Awaiting him was an arena full of enthusiastic supporters, many decked out in classic red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps and waving “Keep America Great” placards. Outside the arena were smaller but energized crowds of protesters, many of them waving union signs or handmade banners, like “Dump Trump.”
Trump won Ohio by eight percentage points in 2016, and a state that every winning Republican president has carried going back to the 19th century.
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