Trump: Assassinated Iranian General ‘Should Have Been Taken Out Many Years Ago’

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
January 3, 2020Politicsshare
Trump: Assassinated Iranian General ‘Should Have Been Taken Out Many Years Ago’
President Donald Trump stands in front of the media while talking about the situation at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, from his Mar-a-Lago property, in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 31, 2019. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

The Iranian general killed by the United States should have been killed years ago, President Donald Trump said in his first comments about the strike.

The United States took out Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, near Baghdad International Airport early on Jan. 3 local time.

“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself,” Trump said in Twitter posts Friday morning.

“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

Trump initially posted a picture of an American flag before adding a short statement, claiming: “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”

Trump also shared a number of posts about the assassination, including one that said there were numerous American families watching news of Soleimani’s killing closely because of how many soldiers the commander’s attacks killed and wounded.

Iranian leaders promised revenge for the assassination.

Soleimani’s efforts “won’t be stopped by his martyrdom, by God’s Power, rather a Severe Revenge awaits the criminals who have stained their hands with his and the other martyrs’ blood last night. Martyr Soleimani is an international figure of Resistance and all such people will seek revenge,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said.

Countries around the world urged de-escalation on both sides, with some openly supporting the strike and others condemning the action.

From The Epoch Times

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