Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans

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Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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Trump defends killing of Iranian general, accuses him of ‘plotting imminent and sinister attacks’ on Americans
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President Donald Trump on Friday defended his order to kill a top Iranian general about 24 hours earlier, accusing him of “plotting imminent and sinister attacks” on American diplomats and military personnel.

Making a short statement at Mar-a-Lago, using a teleprompter, Trump said, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”

Of Qassem Soleimani, the president said, “we caught him in the act and terminated him.”

“His reign of terror is over,” he said, in his first comments on camera since the U.S. attack on the general’s vehicle near the Baghdad airport.

“Last night at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world,” Trump said.

“For years the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen,” he said.

“What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago,” he said, adding a lot of lives could have been saved.

You can read the rest of Katherine Faulders’ article at ABCnews.com

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