For the first time, the President spoke at length about the circumstances that led him to order an attack on Baghdad airport.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that the slain Iranian General Kassem Suleimani “said bad things” about the United States. Cnn reported, citing audio of Trump’s speech at a dinner for Republican Party donors on Friday night.
Trump described the details of the U.S. strike that killed Suleimani. He claimed that Suleimani “said bad things about our country.”
“How much shit do we have to listen to? How much will we listen to?” the US President said.
At the same time, the U.S. President did not speak of the “imminent threat” that led to his decision to kill Suleimani, as previously stated by U.S. administration officials.
Trump detailed the surveillance of Suleimani arriving at Baghdad International Airport, where he was met by Iraqi Shiite commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
According to Trump, the blow he authorized allowed him to take “two for the price of one.”
He said that during the operation he spoke with military officials who watched the strike from “cameras that are in the sky”.
The President of the United States quoted the military as saying to him about the operation: “They are together, sir,” “Sir, they have 2 minutes and 11 seconds to live. They’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have about one minute to live. Thirty seconds. 10, 9, 8… “Then all of a sudden boom,” “They’re gone, sir.”
Recall, on the night of January 8, surface-to-surface missiles were fired from Iran at two bases in Iraq, where the U.S. military contingent is located. In Iran, the attack on the Ein al-Assad airbase was called retaliation for the assassination of General Kasem Suleimani.