In the weeks after President Donald Trump approved the murder of Iran's chief military officer, General Qasem Soleimani, administrators tried to justify his actions in a confusing and contradictory manner. "He was saying things like, 'We're going to attack your country and kill your people.' I said, 'Look, how much of this do we have to listen to?"
"I said, where is this guy?" Trump asked. "How much are we going to listen to?"More news: Turkish, German leaders hold phone talks on Libya
The longstanding tension between Iran and the US has surfaced again after Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was slain by the US in an airstrike near Iraq's Baghdad International Airport, ordered by US President Donald Trump.
The US president added that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died "screaming" following a US raid on his compound.
Trump claimed erroneously that Soleimani was meeting "the head of Hezbollah" (the Iran-backed Lebanese militant group is separate from group led by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis).More news: Australian Open: Roger Federer says he did care about players' health
According to CNN, Trump told his audience in Florida that the death of al-Muhandis meant that the United States had withdrawn "two for the price of one".
Trump, his tone subdued and conversational, explained his motivation for attacking Soleimani and recounted listening from the White House Situation Room to an anonymous military official count down to the strike, according to the Post.
"They're together sir. Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds". No emotion. '2 minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They're in the auto, they're in an armoured vehicle. Sir, you have about a minute to live, sir. 30 seconds, ten, nine, eight...then all of a sudden boom. It was the last time I heard of him. On January 8, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard launched missiles at military outposts that housed US personnel in Iraq. But he's also acknowledged that the administration didn't necessarily know when and where future attacks were being planned.Trump told Fox News on January 10 that he believed Soleimani was planning attacks on the USA embassy in Baghdad and three other US embassies in the region.More news: South Africans with slow access to global websites - SAPeople
Earlier, on his soon-to-be-formally-started campaign trail, Trump also praised the Soleimani assassination, which closely followed an early January raid on the US Embassy in Baghdad, along with an operation conducted late previous year that killed Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.