Donald Trump Tells Laura Ingraham U.S. Embassy in Baghdad May Have Been Targeted by Soleimani

In an interview Friday on the Fox News program The Ingraham Angle, President Donald Trump told host Laura Ingraham that one of the targets Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani could have been targeting before his termination by a U.S. drone was the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Seemingly hesitant to reveal what is still classified information, Trump told Ingraham what he could about the "imminent threat" that triggered the U.S. military action against Soleimani in January.

"Don't the American people have a right to know what specifically was targeted without revealing methods and sources?" Ingraham asked.

"Well, I don't think so, but we will tell you that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad," Trump replied. "You saw that happening. You saw that with all the men, very few women, circling it very strongly and very viciously."

Trump said he asked the U.S. military to arrive at the embassy as quickly as possible, telling them "We're not going to have another Benghazi on our hands. We did a really amazing job but get no credit for it. We never get credit for anything and that's okay."

When asked why revealing plans for attacks on embassies and "large scale cities" couldn't be revealed to the American public, Trump said, "I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies. I think that probably Baghdad already started. It could have been military bases, could have been a lot of other things, too. But it was imminent and then all of a sudden [Soleimani] was gone."

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President Donald Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani may have been targeting the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq before being killed by a U.S. led drone strike in January. Mark Wilson/Getty

Trump said he did not feel good about giving Democrats classified information which is why he did not notify Congress before authorizing the strike on Soleimani.

"I am worried about it certainly," Trump said. "They leak. Anything we give will be leaked immediately."

The president said the sanctions he placed on Iran were effective.

"They're doing very poorly," Trump said. "They have riots all over their country. And they could straighten it out easy, but it's up to them."

Intelligence information that led to the killing of Soleimani has so far been kept from the public eye, but a congressional briefing about the intelligence findings drew ire from Congress members who were in attendance.

Trump said that some people had told him it was "the single best briefing they've ever had." However, some politicians did not agree. As previously reported by Newsweek, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton said the briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper was "quite vague."

"They each listed three policy goals that the administration has against Iran," Moulton said Wednesday. "The problem is the three didn't even line up. They total about five, because these two secretaries, these two cabinet secretaries, literally sitting next to each other in this briefing, couldn't even agree on what the three prime policy goals of the administration are with regards to Iran."

"We need a strategy," Moulton added. "We need to know what happens next, and the administration hasn't provided that."

Utah Republican Mike Lee told reporters after the briefing Wednesday that it was "probably the worst briefing I have seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I've served in the United States Senate."

"What I found so distressing about that briefing," Lee said, "was that one of the messages we received from the briefers was, 'Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran.' And that if you do, you'll be emboldening Iran, the implication being that we would somehow be making America less safe by having a debate or a discussion."

"I find this insulting and demeaning," Lee added. "Not personally, but to the office that each of the 100 Senators in this building happens to hold."