- Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he “didn’t see” specific evidence that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, as President Donald Trump has claimed.
- Esper said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he “shared” the view that there was an existing threat against US embassies, as they represent “the most prominent display of American presence in a country.”
- Trump made the “four embassies” claim as he was experiencing increasing pressure from Democratic and Republican congressional lawmakers who have pressed for further evidence into the administration’s thinking behind the attack.
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper doubled down on President Donald Trump’s claim of an imminent threat on multiple embassies that reportedly informed his decision to order the killing of former Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Esper said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he “didn’t see” specific evidence that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, as Trump told Fox News in an interview Friday, but did believe there was a possibility for such attacks.’