On Friday evening, Trump tried again to justify his extra-judicial assassination of the top Iranian general.
He told Laura Ingraham at Fox News that he acted because the Iranians wanted to attack U.S. embassies in the region. “I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies.”
But soon his own case started to fall apart.
Trump’s war cabinet does not back him up
On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was asked about Trump’s claim on CBS ‘Face the Nation’.
“I didn’t see [evidence] with regard to four embassies,” he said. “What I’m saying is, I share the President’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies.”
Note that Mark Esper was appointed by Trump and is part of his ‘war cabinet’.
Later, asked again on CNN, he said he would not talk about intelligence, to avoid looking like he was contradicting Trump.
But the implication is clear: even Trump’s own staff don’t agree with him.
On Morning Joe, Scarborough mocked Trump for “adding color” to the killing of the Iranian general and his claims that “they were going to attack 87 embassies.”
Scarborough asks “Why do you lie when telling the truth would be so much better?”
GOP Senators don’t back him up either
And if the evidence is there, why wasn’t it revealed to GOP Senators themselves at a briefing last week?
Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah also told CNN he and colleagues could not recall seeing such evidence.
“We were lied to about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We were lied to for a couple of decades about what was happening in Afghanistan. We have been lied to about a lot of things,” Lee told CNN’s Jake Tapper.