Trump ‘Believes’ Soleimani Would Have Attacked Four US Embassies

Says he doesn't think Americans have a right to know details

In an interview broadcast on Friday, President Trump continued to try to skirt around the intelligence on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani which was used as the pretext for his assassination last week.

Following other suggestions that Soleimani was plotting to attack an embassy, Trump now claims he personally believes that Soleimani would’ve attacked four embassies. He provided no evidence to back this up, claiming it was a “belief.”

Asked by interviewer Laura Ingraham if the “American people have a right to know what specifically was targeted,” Trump was dismissive, saying “I don’t think so,” and saying that it would “probably” be the Baghdad Embassy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has struggled with this narrative in recent comments as well, claiming at times that Soleimani was involved in “imminent” attacks, but conceding that the US didn’t know precisely when or where the attack might happen.

Pompeo started suggesting the target was “embassies” after Trump spoke, and argued to the media that his claim that the attack was imminent, his claim they didn’t know when or where, and Trump’s claim it was four embassies did not plainly contradict one another. This has continued Pompeo’s strategy of saying something that didn’t jibe with Trump’s narrative, and then insisting the comments were somehow fully consistent.

Between the lack of evidence on these claims, and the revelation that the US also tried to kill a second Iranian general in Yemen on the same day, the signs are that the president just started trying to kill Iranians, and came up with official excuses well after the fact.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.