Pompeo: Trump Made The World A ‘Safer Place’ By Escalating Tensions With Iran
President Donald Trump’s decision to target and kill a top Iranian general, thereby dramatically escalating tensions in the Middle East, had made the world a safer place, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"This was a bad guy, we took him off the playing field. And that's important because this was a fella who was the glue, who was conducting active plotting against the United States of America, putting American lives at risk," Pompeo said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
"President Donald Trump made the right decision to stop Qassem Soleimani from the terror campaign that he'd been engaged in against America," Pompeo added.
The secretary of state went on to say that the Trump administration is “having to clean up [the] mess” left by the Obama administration, responding to former Vice President Joe Biden’s comment that Trump had “no authority” to initiate a military conflict with Iran without Congressional approval.
Pompeo added that "we'll do everything required under the law to bring us into compliance with all the relevant Constitutional legal provisions with respect to our duties with the legislative branch."
Though Trump and Pompeo both have touted the killing of Soleimani as necessary to thwart imminent attacks against Americans, a senior State Department official said on Friday that the general’s death “slows” down those attacks but does not guarantee that they will not take place.