Democrats Condemns Trump’s Action, Says It’s a War Crime
President Donald Trump has vowed that if Iran attacks any American or its assets, 52 Iranian sites would go for it.
Trump wrote on his twitter handle, “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets in revenge for Soleimani’s death.
Trump said the United States has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level and important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, will be hit very fast and very hard.”
He said: “The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days after being seized at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 – an enduring sore spot in U.S.-Iranian relations.
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Speaking in the same vein, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien defended the operation’s legality and said Justice Department lawyers had signed off on the plan.
In his reaction, Democrats sounded unswayed. House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi said the notification document raised “serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification” of the strike.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a strident Trump critic, wrote on Twitter that his threat to hit Iranian sites “is a war crime.”
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“Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children – which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a ‘tough guy.’ It does not make you ‘strategic.’ It makes you a monster,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.