Klobuchar Responds to Missile Strike That Killed Iranian Leader Qassem Soleimani
Jennifer Lewerenz | Jan 3, 2020 AT 5:24 am
(KNSI) - Minnesota Senator and 2020 Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has issued a statement on the United States' missle strike at Baghdad Airport, which killed Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani early Friday morning.
Klobuchar took to her Twitter account blaming Soleimani for directing Iran's destabalization acts throughout the middle east, including Iraq. She also blamed him for attacking U.S. forces, but goes on to say that the timing, manner and potential conseqences of the deadly airstrike raise serious questions and concerns about an escalating conflict. The immediate focus of Congress now should be ensuring all necessary security measures are taken to protect the U.S. military and diplomatic presence in Iraq and across the region. She also asked the administration to consult with Congress regarding response plans and strategies for preventing a wider conflict.
Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District Representative Ilhan Omar also responded to the attack via social media saying, "So what if Trump wants war, knows this leads to war and needs the distraction? Real question is, will those with congressional authority step in and stop him? I know I will."
Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer who represents central Minnesota simply retweeted President Donald Trump's photo of an American flag which he posted shortly after news of the strike broke.
Minnesota Senator Tina Smith, First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn, Second District Congresswoman Angie Craig, Third District Congressman Dean Philips, Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson, and Eighth District Congressman Pete Stauber have yet to respond.
Congress just reconvened Thursday after the long holiday break. News of the killing was made public just after 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.