US vs Iran: Republican, Democrat Senator criticise killing of Soleimani
US President, Donald Trump’s Republican Party member, Senator Mike Lee, during the administration’s classified briefing on the killing of an Iranian army Chief, Qassem Soleimani, kicked against the act and referred to the meeting as “the worst” that he has ever attended.
Addressing a press conference in Washington DC on Thursday, Lee told reporters that he found it “really upsetting” that Trump’s intelligence officials refused to provide information that led to the president’s decision to order for the assassination of Soleimani.
Meanwhile, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy has also criticised the killing of Soleimani and others.
Chris told CNN that there was no evidence of an imminent and specific threat from Soleimani for the US to take such action.
“That was fairly shocking to us, the lack of evidence. Without that, the president doesn’t have the authority to take military action, without coming to Congress first,” Chris said.
Maj.-Gen. Soleimani, Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, was killed in a US airstrike on his convoy at Baghdad airport on Friday 3 January 2020, rising the tension of another World War.
The airstrike, which was an order from US President Donald Trump, has since generated a lot of controversies and reactions from world leaders.
Iran launched over 15 missiles on US targets in Iraq in retaliation to the death of Qassem Soleimani, who was buried on Tuesday.
Iran had issued another warning that any US retaliation to the missile attacks in Baghdad would lead to an all-out war in the Middle East.