Warren Suggests Trump Killed Soleimani To 'Distract From Impeachment'
Presidential candidate pushes conspiracy theory on strike
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren pushed a conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump ordered the drone strike against Iranian general Qasem Soleimani so he could divert attention away from the upcoming impeachment trial.
During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union," Warren said:
“Next week, the president of the United States could be facing an impeachment trial in the Senate."
"We know he’s deeply upset about that, and I think people are reasonably asking why this moment,” Warren added.
“Why does he pick now to pick this highly inflammatory and highly dangerous action that moves us closer to war?”
“Are you suggesting that President Trump pulled the trigger and had Qasem Soleimani killed as a distraction from his impeachment?” asked CNN host Jake Tapper.
“I think people are reasonably asking about the timing, and why it is that the administration seems to have all kinds of different answers,” Warren responded.
The President ordered the strike against Soleimani and the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah outside of Baghdad’s airport Thursday.
But neither Warren nor Tapper noted that U.S. officials believe Soleimani approved an attack on an Iraqi military base Dec. 27, 2019, leaving one U.S. civilian contractor dead.
Elizabeth Warren on the Qasem Soleimani strike: "I think that the question that we ought to focus on is why now? Why not a month ago and why not a month from now? And the answer from the administration seems to be that they can't keep their story straight on this." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/3KOzhS6zzb— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 5, 2020
Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was “100%” certain Soleimani approved the attack.
The Pentagon added that Soleimani was “actively developing plans” to attack American service members and diplomats in Iraq.
The Iraqi state television was one of the first media outlets to announce that Soleimani and al-Muhandis had been killed in the strike.
A PMF spokesman said the drone strikes were from American and Israeli forces.
“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for PMF, according to Reuters.
But Soleimani’s death is set to increase tensions in the Middle East.