3 Top Democrat Presidential Candidates Blast Trump For Killing Terrorist Soleimani
Democrats blast Trump saying he has 'not made country safer'
Democrat presidential candidates, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg, blasted President Donald Trump during an ABC News’ Democrat debate for killing Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani last month.
“While there is still debate on whether there was an imminent threat, there is no debate on whether Soleimani was a bad actor who was responsible for the deaths of many Americans,” ABC News said.
“Given what you know about Soleimani, if your national security team came to you with an opportunity to strike, would Soleimani have been dead, or would he still be alive under your presidency?”
Buttigieg was the first to argue that the president's decision had not made the country safer.
“In the situation that we saw with President Trump’s decision, there is no evidence that that made our country safer,” Buttigieg said.
“Look, uh, I feel very strongly about the campaign of murder and mayhem that General Soleimani and his units have perpetrated," he added.
"It’s also the case that if we have learned nothing else from the war in Iraq, it’s that taking out a bad guy is not a good idea if you do not know what you are doing.”
Sanders agreed, adding that Trump was opening the door to international anarchy.
“You cannot go around saying, ‘You’re a bad guy, we’re going to assassinate you,’ and then you’re going have, if that happens, you’re opening the door to international anarchy that every government in the world will then be subjected to attacks and assassination.”
Biden also weighed in saying, "the reason I wouldn’t have ordered the strike, there’s no evidence yet of an imminent threat that was going to come from him.”
In January, Biden advised Trump to take advice from his national security advisers when responding to escalating tensions with Iran.
The former Vice president called Trump "dangerously incompetent" while claiming he is on the brink taking the U.S. into another war in the Middle East.
Last month, Elizabeth Warren alleged that Trump killed Soleimani so he could divert attention away from the upcoming impeachment trial.
"We know he’s deeply upset about that, and I think people are reasonably asking why this moment,” Warren added.
The Pentagon said at the time that Soleimani was “actively developing plans” to attack American service members and diplomats in Iraq.
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization," The White House said in a statement at the time.