GOP Senator: WH Briefing On Soleimani Strike Was “The Worst Briefing I've Seen”
Republican Senator Mike Lee held nothing back on Wednesday after emerging from a classified briefing with Trump administration officials on the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, according to Axios.
The Utah senator said it was “insulting and demeaning” that the briefers told senators to avoid debating whether further military action against Iran was warranted, insisting such discussion would only embolden Iran.
"They're appearing before a co-equal branch of government responsible for their funding, for their confirmation, for any approval of any military action they might undertake,” Lee said after the briefing. “They had to leave after 75 minutes, while they were in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public. I find that absolutely insane. I think it's unacceptable."
Prior to the briefing, Lee said he was undecided on whether to support a resolution curbing President Donald Trump’s military response to Iran, but after the meeting, the senator said he was now “decided.”
"They were asked repeatedly, what, if anything, would trigger the need for the administration to come back to Congress for a declaration of war or an Authorization for the Use of Military Force," Lee said. "At one point, I believe one of the briefers said something like, “I’m sure we can think of something.” But they struggled to identify anything."