Unlike Congress, GOP Donors Have Received A Briefing On Trump’s Strike On Iran
President Donld Trump recounted details of the U.S. strike that killed Iran’s top military commander to high-profile Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago property, according to audio obtained by CNN.
While speaking at a GOP fundraising dinner Friday night, Trump offered new details about the strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which further heightened tensions in the region and led to a bipartisan effort in Congress to curb his constitutional ability to wage war.
Trump claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing.
“How much of this shit do we have to listen to?” Trump asked. “How much are we going to listen to?”
Administration officials justified the attack by describing an “imminent threat,” but Trump suggested no such justification for his decision to kill Soleimani.
He instead described Soleimani as a “noted terrorist” who “was down on our list” and “was supposed to be in his country” before traveling to other nations in the region.
Trump described in detail watching remotely as Soleimani arrived at Baghdad International Airport, where he was met by Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kata’ib Hezbollah.
He remembered listening to military officials as they watched the strike from “cameras that are miles in the sky.”
“They’re together sir,” Trump recalled the military officials saying. “Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds. No emotion. ‘2 minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’”
“Then all of a sudden, boom,” he continued. “‘They’re gone, sir. Cutting off.’”
Trump’s detailed account of the strike goes further than what he or other officials have said about the strike.
“He was supposed to be invincible,” Trump said of Soleimani.