Trump Defends Strike on Qasem Soleimani: He Was a Terrorist, Not a Poet
President blasts Obama for for appeasing Iran
President Donald Trump defended taking out Iran Gen. Qasem Soleimani during a call to conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh’s show.
The President contended that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama should have removed Soleimani a long time ago, calling the general a “terrorist.”
“This should have been done for the last 15-20 years,” Trump said.
“Him in particular. He was their real military leader, he’s a terrorist, he was designated as a terrorist by Obama, and then Obama did nothing about it.”
Trump also noted that Soleimani was responsible for providing anti-tank bombs and IEDs to terrorists to aid targeting American troops in the Middle East.
“Much of that stuff was made in Iran. He should have been taken out a long time ago,” Trump said.
“And we had a shot at him, and we took him out, and we’re a lot safer now because of it.”
Trump assured Americans that he did the right thing, implying Iran would think twice before attacking American targets in the future.
“We’ll see what happens, we’ll see what the response is, if any,” he said.
“But you’ve seen what I’ve said our response would be.”
Trump blasted former President Barack Obama for his “appeasement” with Iran, giving the country billions of dollars as part of the nuclear deal.
“I think that the Obama administration was just letting them get away with murder, in the true sense, murder,” he said.
He added that Iran got even worse after making the nuclear deal with the United States.
“They humiliated those sailors, and our country,” he said.
The President also called out the media and Democrats for sympathizing with Iran.
“He was a terrorist, you know, they don’t want to call him a terrorist, now the Democrats are trying to make him sound like he was this wonderful human being,” Trump said.
The president then repeated Limbaugh’s criticism that the media was even describing Soleimani as a “poet.”
Both the New York Times and the Washington Post wrote about Soleimani in sympathetic terms and described slain Islamic State terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar.”
“They tried to build him up into a relatively wonderful guy,” Trump said.
“People are getting it,” Trump said.
“They really get it.”