Trump Defends Killing of Top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Accusing Him of ‘Plotting Imminent and Sinister Attacks’ on Americans, Says ‘We Took Action to Stop a War, Not to Start a War’

President Donald Trump on Friday defended his order to kill a top Iranian general about 24 hours earlier, accusing him of “plotting imminent and sinister attacks” on American diplomats and military personnel.

Making a short statement at Mar-a-Lago, using a teleprompter, Trump said, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”

Of Qassem Soleimani, the president said, “we caught him in the act and terminated him.”

“His reign of terror is over,” he said, in his first comments on camera since the U.S. attack on the general’s vehicle near the Baghdad airport.

“Last night at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world,” Trump said.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Katherine Faulders

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