Esper: 'Didn't See' Specific Evidence Of 4 Embassies Plot

Matt Gaetz wearing a suit and tie Rep. Matt Gaetz listens to fellow Republicans during a press briefing on Dec. 13

Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post Rep. Matt Gaetz listens to fellow Republicans during a press briefing on Dec. 13

O'Brien's remarks largely overlap with those of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said on Sunday that he shared the President's "belief" that four embassies were facing imminent threats from Soleimani, but that he "saw" no specific evidence to support these claims. He (Trump) believed. they could have been targeting the embassies in the region.

"The President didn't say there was a tangible - he didn't cite a specific piece of evidence. Soleimani orchestrated, resourced, directed the attacks, escalating up to December 1, that killed an American", Esper said. I believe that as well as did other national security team members. 'That is why I deployed thousands of additional paratroopers to the region to reinforce our embassies in Baghdad and reinforce other locations throughout the region'.

Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the Democrats had displayed a hypocritical vision of President Donald Trump's foreign policy regarding Iran.

Similarly, O'Brien conceded in an interview on Sunday with ABC that it was unclear whether embassies or U.S. military bases would be targeted, but insisted Trump's claim about four embassies being threatened was "consistent with the intelligence". What I'm saying is that I shared the president's view that probably - my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies.

After Tapper said that it "doesn't make sense" for Trump to make the threat claim publicly on Fox News while Esper can't share what he said is "exquisite intelligence" with Congress, Esper refused to go into details of what they were briefed "partly because I wasn't there".

In his CNN interview, Esper said the intelligence that led to the USA strike is why he "deployed thousands of additional paratroopers to the region to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and to reinforce other locations throughout the region".

Paul has been critical of the administration's choices on Iran ever since the Qasem Soleimani airstrike, and in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, he was asked if he has seen enough information yet to be convinced that the president made the right decision. He specified to Fox News on Friday that the plans targeted "four embassies".

"'I think the regime is having a very bad week", O'Brien said. Iran responded on Wednesday by firing missiles at United States forces in Iraq.

Braun said the US military could also respond to Iranian aggression while moving towards the withdrawal of troops from the Middle East, saying modern technology does not require a significant presence of troops in the region.

We don't know the truth, but now Iran has retaliated with ballistic missile strikes on Iraqi military bases.

Trump said Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.

"He was orchestrating an attack, likely, include an attack on the United States Embassy", he added. "I saw the intelligence". "They didn't." When asked about the intelligence, Democratic Sen.

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