Donald Trump has claimed the US strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was ‘retaliation’. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office alongside the Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the US president called Suleimani ‘a monster’ and said ‘he was planning a very big attack and a very bad attack for us and other people and we stopped him’. Senior US officials have previously said the strike was meant to prevent an ‘imminent’ attack on Americans, but have refused to provide further details on the threatSource: Donald Trump says strike against ‘monster’ Suleimani was retaliation – video
President Trump, wearing a tuxedo, arrived at his Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve celebration with first lady Melania and son Barron on Wednesday night, and stopped to hold an impromptu press conference.
The president’s comments came as Iran became belligerent after the U.S. military carried out air strikes against the Kataib Hezbollah militia in response to the killing of an American civilian contractor in a rocket attack Friday on an Iraqi military base.
“The Marines came in. We had some great warriors come in and do a fantastic job,” Trump said about the protests at the U.S. embassy. “And they were there instantaneously, as soon as we heard. I used the word ‘immediately.’ They came immediately. And it’s in great shape, as you know. This will not be a Benghazi. Benghazi should never have happened. This will never, ever be a Benghazi.”
President Trump is meeting with his Guatemalan counterpart as Congress hammers out the rules for an impeachment vote
How to watch Trump’s meeting with Guatemala’s president
- What: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a meeting with the President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales and Mrs. Marroquin Argueta de Morales
- Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
- Time: The meeting is scheduled for 1:55 p.m. ET. It will be streamed on CBSN after it happens.
- Location: Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.
- Online stream: Live on CBSN – in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
President Trump commented on the Democrats’ introduced articles of impeachment, as well as the USMCA trade agreement, while departing the White House on his way to a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Saturday he did not think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to interfere in next year’s U.S. presidential election and said he would be surprised if Pyongyang acted hostilely.
“I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,” Trump said at the White House before leaving for Florida. “He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that, but we’ll have to see … I think he’d like to see something happen. The relationship is very good, but there is some hostility, there’s no question about it.”Source: Trump says does not think Kim Jong Un wants to interfere in U.S. election