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McConnell says lawmakers should wait for facts on Soleimani killing, as Schumer cites “erratic” policy

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday (January 6) that U.S. lawmakers should wait for the facts before criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to kill top Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad last week.

“We can and we should learn more about the intelligence and thinking that led to this operation and the plan to defend American personnel and interests in the wake of it,” McConnell said at the U.S. Capitol after lawmakers returned from their winter break. 

“Unfortunately, in this toxic political environment, some of our colleagues rushed to blame our own government before even knowing the facts. Rushed to split hairs about intelligence before being briefed on it.” 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump’s “policies seem to be characterized by erratic, impulsive and often egotistical behavior with little regard to a long term strategy that would advance the interests of the United States.”

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