Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE said Friday that he would not have ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani if he had been in the White House.
Asked at a Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire whether he would have approved the attack, Biden was direct.
“No, and the reason I wouldn’t have ordered the strike is there isn’t any evidence yet of an imminent strike that was going to come from him,” Biden said.
Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was targeted and killed in Iraq last month in a U.S. drone strike authorized by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
The strike sent shockwaves through the Middle East and led to a tit-for-tat between the U.S. and Iran that ended last month after Tehran launched a missile attack on a U.S. base in Iraq. That attack did not kill any Americans, but dozens are said to have suffered brain injuries.
Biden’s response to the question of whether he would have authorized the strike on Soleimani was more direct than the answer offered by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE, who said moments earlier that he would have had to review U.S. intelligence before deciding on the strike.
“It depends on the circumstances,” Buttigieg said.
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