President Trump has provided a group of high-end donors a graphic detailed account to the attack that killed Iranian General Soleimani.
The group of large scale Republican donors were being wined and dined at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend. Trump told the group that “bad things were being said” about the U.S. prior to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. During the fundraiser, the president gave a minute by minute account of the U.S. drone strike that killed the commander in Baghdad.
He read from a statement describing the exchange he had with an unnamed military official as follows:
“‘They’re together sir. They have two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, nine, eight…’ Then all of a sudden, boom. ‘They’re gone, sir, cutting off.’ I said, ‘Where is this guy?’ That was the last I heard from him.”
According to audio recordings of the event, the president said Soleimani’s prior comments incentivized his decision to authorize the strike. This validated the administration’s previous claim that an “imminent threat” against the U.S. was the reason for the strike.
His account to the Republican donors came after the president issued a word of warning to Iran’s supreme leader amid heightened tensions between both nations. In a Friday tweet, he slammed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying the nation’s economy is crashing and he should be “careful with his words.”
In a separate tweet, President Trump praised the “brave and long-suffering” people of Iran. He said they need a government that will help them succeed.
The president’s tweets followed Khamenei’s rare public address earlier in the day, in which he called Soleimani a martyr. He went on to say the general was “the strongest commander in the fight against terrorism.”
The supreme leader also defended Iran’s armed forces and its missile strike against U.S. targets.