Report: Random Mar-A-Lago Guests Knew More About Soleimani Strike Than Congress
Many lawmakers were not informed of President Donald Trump’s planned military attack on Iran’s top military general Qassem Soleimani, yet several random members of the president’s private south Florida golf resort, Mar-a-Lago, were, according to Law & Crime.
In the week leading up to the drone strike, Trump began “dropping hints to close associates and club-goers that something huge was coming,” and “specifically mentioned he’d been in close contact with his top national security and military advisers on gaming out options for an aggressive action that could quickly materialize.”
Trump may have briefed a select few Republican lawmakers, however, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Trump informed him of the operation during a trip to Mar-a-Lago earlier in the week.
In a classified briefing on Friday, representatives from the State Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Pentagon claimed that the U.S. had to eliminate Soleimani to prevent the death of “hundreds or even thousands of Americans in the Mideast,” the report stated.
“There was an imminent attack,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Friday. “What was sitting before us was his travels throughout the region and his efforts to make a significant strike against Americans. There would have been many Muslims killed as well -- Iraqis, people in other countries as well.”
Yet, Rukmini Callimachi, a New York Times reporter, found that the evidence the administration cited was “razor thin.” Callimachi’s two sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, concluded that based on the available evidence, an attack on Americans was an “illogical leap.”