Trump defends Soleimani airstrike, says Iran was ‘looking to blow up our embassy’


President Trump on Thursday defended ordering a drone strike to take out Qassam Soleimani because, he said, the Iranian military leader was “looking to blow up our embassy.”

“I will say this, we caught a total monster and we took him out and that should have happened a long time ago,” Trump said at a news conference announcing a proposal to roll back environmental regulations. “We did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy.”

Trump’s remarks were the first time a specific reason was given for killing Soleimani.

Previously, Trump and administration officials have said he was planning imminent attacks on US troops and interests in the Middle East without elaborating.

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