Pete Buttigieg says Donald Trump does NOT deserve the honor of closing Qasem Soleimani, although the 2020 contender admits that the Iranian general is “deserved” to die
- Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Donald Trump does not deserve credit for taking out Iranian general Qasem Soleimani
- The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, called Soleimani a “threat” and said Americans should not shed tears over his death
- Jake Tapper from CNN asked Buttigieg if he gave Trump credit for taking Solemani
- “No, not until we know if this was a good decision and how this decision was made. And the president has not demonstrated that, “Buttigieg said
- Soleimani was killed when Trump directed an air raid at an airport in Baghdad, Iraq, following an infringement at the US embassy there
Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that terrorist Qasem Soleimani deserved to die, but insisted that Donald Trump does not deserve the honor of eliminating the Iranian leader.
“You called Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general who was murdered, you called him a threat to the safety and security of the United States. So you say that President Trump deserves some honor for the strike? “CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the presidential hopeful on Sunday morning.
“No, not until we know if this was a good decision and how this decision was made. And the president has not demonstrated that, “Buttigieg replied.
“The Secretary of State, just now, when asked if this strike immediately prevented an attack, he did not prove, he did not show, he did not even say that the answer was yes,” he said of State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who appeared on State of the Union just before the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Donald Trump does not deserve credit for taking out Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, called Soleimani a “threat” and said Americans should not shed tears over his death
“No, not until we know if this was a good decision and how this decision was made. And the president has not shown that, “Buttigieg told CNN’s JNN Tapper (left) when asked if he would give Trump credit
Buttigieg, who served in the Navy from 2009-2017, said he wasn’t sure whether the move to attack and kill Soleimani was the right strategic move.
“Let’s be clear. Solemani was a bad figure, he has American blood on his hands, “Buttigieg continued. “None of us should drop a tear before his death. But just because he deserved it does not mean that it was the right strategic move. “
Trump issued the directive to carry out a drone attack at an airport in Baghdad, Iraq, whereby Soleimani, who was there Friday, was eliminated.
The air strike came after the American embassy in Baghdad, which has never been violated before, was raided on New Year’s Eve by protesters who support the Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militia.
The raid on the embassy and the killing of Soleimani followed continuous escalation in the region.
Buttigieg lost his status as mayor of Indiana when his successor was sworn in earlier this month – but has also risen to the top of the democratic presidential field in 2020.
Soleimani (photo) was killed when Trump directed an air strike at an airport in Baghdad, Iraq, after an infringement of the US embassy there by those who supported Iranian forces
The 37-year-old said he does not believe that Trump has thought about the consequences of what would kill Soleimani.
Iran has already promised retribution and Trump has threatened to attack more than 50 Iranian sites if they respond.
Buttigieg did not explicitly agree with fellow 2020 opponents that the attack was murdered, but claimed that Congress should have been aware of the attack and why it was being carried out.
“Did the president have legal authority to do this?” Why was the congress not consulted? “Questioned Buttigieg. “It seems that more people in Mar-a-Lago have heard of this than people in the United States Congress who are an equivalent government branch.”
Buttigieg referred to the resort in West Palm Beach, where he spent most of his free time and vacations.