Speaking to a crowd in Ohio, President Trump explained the real reason he did not inform House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff before ordering a military drone strike to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani: He knew they would leak the information.
During the Toledo rally, BizPac Review reports Trump impersonated Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who also criticized Trump decision not to inform Democratic leaders, saying: “We have Bernie [Sanders] and Nancy Pelosi all involved, trying to say, ‘How dare you take him out that way; you should get permission from Congress. You should come in and tell us what you want to do. You should come in and tell us so that we can call up the fake news that’s back there and we can leak it.’”
President Trump also said the decision to kill Soleimani came down to mere moments and did not have a large enough window to consult Congress.
“These are split-second decisions. … We didn’t have the time to call up Nancy, who is not operating with a full deck,” he continued. “Now they want us to call. Can you imagine calling crooked Adam Schiff? He is so crooked, Shifty Schiff.”
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The president then speculated how a conversation with Schiff would have gone.
“Adam, how are you doing? Listen, we have the world’s number one terrorist. He’s killed thousands of people. We would like to set up a meeting so we can discuss his execution. … We’ve got them lined up, Adam, you little Pencil Neck … we’ve got them lined up. We’ve got to take this guy out. We are not going to have another shot at him maybe ever again,” he said, referencing Schiff by a nickname Trump himself previous gave him.
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Then Schiff would have ran to the media to leak the impending attack, BizPac Review reports:
Upon learning about the operation, Schiff would have immediately rushed to CNN to let them in on all the details, the president predicted.
“Schiff is the big leaker,” he said. “He leaks [to] crazy CNN. … But he leaks, so he will say, ‘You know, off the record … they’ve got the number one terrorist in the world, Soleimani, they are gonna get them, they’re gonna take him out in the next 10 minutes.’”
And the next thing his administration would have known, Trump continued, CNN would have run a breaking “bombshell” news story announcing, “We have breaking news. President Trump within the next 20 to 25 minutes looks to be taking out terrorist Gen. Soleimani. He’s gonna do it. It should be happening in the next 20 minutes.”
“Then we get back to the battlefield,” the president said, describing what would have happened next in this fictional scenario. “How’d you do fellas? I don’t know sir, he disappeared.”