Republican House Leader Blames Adam Schiff for Trump's Ordering of Soleimani Strike

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff for "not protecting us" and forcing President Donald Trump to order the death of Iran general Qasem Soleimani.

During an appearance on Fox News' Fox & Friends, McCarthy accused Democrats and Schiff of "playing politics" with Iran instead of celebrating the action Trump took last Friday when he ordered the drone attack on Soleimani. The top House Republican responded to Schiff's comment Monday that Congress "must engage with hearings and constraints" on the president in the wake of the attack.

McCarthy said Trump would have never had to take out Soleimani in the first place if Schiff had used his committee appropriately.

As McCarthy spoke Tuesday with Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Pete Hegseth, both scoffed at Schiff's recent suggestion that Congress hold "more hearings" over the killing of Soleimani.

"You know what? He's the chairman of the Intel committee," McCarthy said of Schiff. "Maybe had he spent the last year working on trying to protect us from what was happening in Iran - from the bombing of the tankers, Saudi Arabia taking down our drone - instead of taking that committee and making it about impeachment he would have never made that comment."

"The world is safer today because this president took action ... I don't think it's a place for them to play politics," McCarthy added.

On Monday, Schiff tweeted his latest remark accusing the Trump administration of overstepping their authority in ordering the strike against Soleimani.

"A dangerous and provocative decision to target a top Iranian official for killing. Threats to bomb cultural sites and use disproportionate force. These are the acts of a President with no functional national security process. Congress must engage with hearings and constraints," Schiff remarked on Twitter Monday.

Over the weekend, former Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee mocked Schiff in a similar manner as the Fox News morning crew. Huckabee quipped that if Trump had informed the House Democrats of the operation, they would have "held a press conference" prior to the strike.

McCarthy agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who on Monday said Democrats are trying to "plow away at American unity." McCarthy said "America should speak with one voice," before explaining that everyone in the U.S. should simply support the president's decisions.

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Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff for "not protecting us" and forcing President Donald Trump to order the death of Iran general Qasem Soleimani. Screenshot: Fox News
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