Trump reportedly told associates he killed Qassem Soleimani because he was under pressure from GOP senators before his impeachment trial

By Yahoo News | January 10, 2020

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  • President
    Donald Trump told associates that he assassinated Iran’s top military
    leader last week in part to appease Republican senators who will play a
    crucial role in his Senate impeachment trial, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
  • In
    a lengthy piece detailing how the president’s top advisers coalesced
    behind the strike on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, The Journal
    reported that Trump had told associates he felt pressure from the
    senators.
  • One of Trump’s most outspoken supporters, GOP
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, appears to be the only congressional lawmaker Trump
    briefed about his plan to assassinate Soleimani in the days leading up
    to the strike.
  • Graham has criticized the president’s
    foreign-policy choices in the past — most notably Trump’s withdrawal of
    troops from northern Syria and his handling of Saudi Arabia.
  • Publicly,
    Trump has said he approved the strike on Soleimani because the general
    was plotting to bomb the US Embassy in Iraq. The administration has not
    provided evidence to support this claim.
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President
Donald Trump told associates that he assassinated Iran’s top military
leader last week in part to appease Republican senators who’ll play a
crucial role in his Senate impeachment trial, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

In
a lengthy piece detailing how the president’s top advisers coalesced
behind the strike on Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, The Journal
reported that Trump had told associates he felt pressured to satisfy
senators who were pushing for stronger US action against Soleimani and
who will run defense for him on impeachment.

One of Trump’s most outspoken supporters, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, appears to be the only congressional lawmaker Trump briefed about his plan to assassinate Soleimani in the days leading up to the strike.

“I
was briefed about the potential operation when I was down in Florida,”
Graham told Fox News. “I appreciate being brought into the orbit.”



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