Trump: Doesn’t Matter If Iran Attack Was “Imminent”

The Washington Post reports:

President Trump added to the controversy over his administration’s justification for the killing of an Iranian general, saying Monday that “it doesn’t really matter” whether it was in response to an imminent threat to the United States.

In a tweet, Trump criticized Democrats for trying to determine whether Iranian attacks the administration has said were planned by Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani against U.S. targets were imminent. “It doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past,” Trump wrote. Trump said last week that Soleimani had been planning attacks on four U.S. embassies.

Many Democratic lawmakers and a number of Republicans have the questioned administration’s claims about the immediacy of the threat — and the targets — and charged that it has failed to provide full and accurate information about an action that brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war.