President Trump is prepared to “respond appropriately” if Iran does not de-escalate its actions in response to the US for killing 1 of its most powerful figures, General Qassem Soleimani, in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday morning.
He said on TV that General Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, had “enormous blood on his hands” and the airstrike that killed him was “both consistent with deterrence and with disrupting an imminent attack” that would have killed both Americans and Muslims.
“What was sitting before us was his travels throughout the region,” Secretary Pompeo explained that the imminent attack would have killed many Muslims, including Iraqis and people in other countries as well.
“It was a strike that was aimed at both disrupting that plot and deterring further aggression,” said Secretary Pompeo. “We hope it is setting the conditions for de-escalation as well.”
It is hoped that the Iranian regime, which has sworn revenge for General Soleimani’s death, will see the United States’ resolve and will de-escalate and “take actions consistent with what normal nations do,” he said. “In the event that they don’t and go the other direction, I know that President Trump and the entire United States government is prepared to respond appropriately.”
He reiterated The Trump Administration’s stance that the “American people should know that the President’s decision to remove Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives.”