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Archive for January 11, 2020

Newsline: Trump claims 4 US embassies targeted

President Donald Trump said Friday that the threat of “imminent attacks” his administration has cited as justification for killing a top Iranian general including “four embassies,” including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, again adding new details to his account without offering more specifics and raising new questions about the immediacy of the threat. (https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-offers-iran-account-now-embassies-targeted-specifics/story?id=681968510) He made the comment in an interview with Fox News released after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier Friday that the attacks were “against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases, American facilities throughout the region.” Trump told Fox News “that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad.” He added, “I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies.” The drip of details followed days of administration officials facing questions about whether the “imminent attacks” initially cited by the president when he announced the U.S. had killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani were actually “imminent” and what exactly the targets were. Trump and the Defense Department provided no details or evidence of the attacks or their immediacy in initially announcing the strike, only sharing more details amid a week of questioning from reporters and members of Congress. Several U.S. senators have said the information the administration has shared with them has been inadequate — and that it has not gone even as far as what the president and his advisers have said publicly.