Friday evening on Fox News, Donald Trump added to the list of lies his administration has given us on the justification for him droning Iran’s top general, by claiming Soleimani was going to attack “four embassies” in Iraq. This Sunday morning, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper totally refuted this nonsensical lie.
Esper telling the truth is a devastating blow to the president that he will certainly consider to be a betrayal. Esper directly said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he has no idea what Trump was talking about with his “four embassies” claim.
“What the president said was he believed there probably and could’ve been attacks against additional embassies, I shared that view, I know other members of the national security team shared that view, that’s why I deployed thousands of American paratroopers to the Middle East to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and other sites throughout the region,” Esper said, which caused Host Margaret Brennan to point out that “probably and could’ve” sounds more like an “assessment” than a “specific tangible threat.”
“Are you saying there wasn’t one?” Brennan then asked, trying to get confirmation on whether there was a specific threat or not. “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” Esper responded. “What I’m saying is I share the presidents’ view.” There you have it, our own Defense Secretary admitting that Trump is just making stuff up, like we thought.
NEWS: @EsperDod tells @margbrennan he "didn't see" specific evidence showing Iran planned to strike 4 U.S. embassies, despite @realDonaldTrump saying an attack at multiple embassies was “imminent." Watch more of Esper's interview on @FacetheNation today. pic.twitter.com/1Nud8waok1
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) January 12, 2020
Esper was responding to Trump’s statement from Friday that, “I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies.” We knew Trump made this number up instantly because the official U.S. government website listing embassies and consulates in Iraq, lists 1 embassy and 2 consulates. There’s no way to tell how where he got these four embassies from, other than that he made it up.
TRUMP: I believe Soleimani would have attacked Four Embassies. pic.twitter.com/6xhTGZYRZv
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 10, 2020