Pelosi Accuses Trump of 'Needless Provocations' Regarding Iran

By Susan Jones | January 8, 2020 | 9:15am EST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (File photo by Win McNamee/AFP via Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (File photo by Win McNamee/AFP via Getty Images)

( - After Iran fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing American troops Tuesday night -- no casualties reported -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted that she was "closely monitoring the situation."

"We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war," she wrote.

Targeting an Iranian general, a designated terrorist blamed for the deaths of some 600 American troops, is not a needless provocation, some Republicans argued.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) called Pelosi's tweet a "partisan political shot at the president," at a time when Americans should be "sticking together."

Joining Zeldin on Sean Hannity's show, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) praised President Trump for his response to Iran's provocations:

"I think the president has been measured, and let's hope restraint wins the day" Gaetz said. "If the president wanted war with Iran, he's had plenty of opportunities. He has chosen to exercise restraint, and I think we're seeing the Trump doctrine is one where we strike and then move. We don't invade and then try to persuade people that we're liberators."

As for Pelosi's comment about "needless provocations," Gaetz told Hannity: "I would like to ask her, at what point is it proportionate when you have 600 U.S. troops who get killed and thousands more that get wounded, and she calls it disproportionate to take out the person who is responsible for it?

“Take one trip to Walter Reed...You have these young men, young women who had their whole lives in front of them and because of Qassem Soleimani, they end up wounded permanently. I'm happy that he (Soleimani) can rot in hell with Al Baghdadi and bin Laden. I think that's a huge win for the president."

Gaetz argued that Soleimani has been plotting violence in an attempt to pull the United States into war with Iran.

"That's why it was the right thing to do to kill him," Gaetz said. "However, we should not give General Soleimani in death what he could not accomplish in life, and that is a war with the United States and Iran.

"I'm hopeful this was an intentional miss," Gaetz said of the Iranian missile strikes on Tuesday night. "I do believe if the United States seeks war with Iran, which the president doesn't, the American people don't, then of course congressional authorization would be required. That's in the Constitution."

Gaetz also noted that the Constitution allows the president to repel attacks.



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