President Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of the US strike that killed Iran’s top military commander during remarks to high-dollar Republican donors at his South Florida estate, according to audio obtained by CNN. In his speech — held inside the gilded ballroom on his Mar-a-Lago property — he 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?” Trump did not describe an “imminent threat” that led to his decision to kill Soleimani, the justification used by administration officials in the aftermath of the attack. Instead, he 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.
Democrats are going to need to join mar-a-lago if they want briefings https://t.co/1cn4ULlmMK
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 18, 2020
Trump recounted minute-by-minute details of strike that killed Soleimani during remarks to big donors in FL, according to audio obtained by @Kevinliptakcnn. Trump’s detailed recounting of the strike goes further than what he or other officials have said. https://t.co/aTBSjLGMS1
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 18, 2020
This is what we have now instead of national security briefings: Trump gives grotesquely childish, petty, and inaccurate account of Solemeini’s killing to top GOP donors at his insecure golf course, lies about Hezbollah. https://t.co/b8RfUMlgxy
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) January 18, 2020