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Trump argues Suleimani assassination did not have to be legal because he had killed ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people

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President Donald Trump pushed back against the notion that he needed legal authority to assassinate Iranian General Qassim Suleimani during a Tuesday campaign rally in Wisconsin.

Trump argued it was irrelevant where Suleimani presented an “imminent threat” — even though that is the legal requirement that was necessary for the assassination to have any hope of being legal.

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“We did the right thing, everyone knows,” Trump claimed, despite widespread condemnation of the assassination.

“They’re saying, ‘was the attack imminent — imminent?’ Does the fact he’s killed hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of Americans — horribly killed — and wounded thousands and thousands, that doesn’t matter?” Trump asked.

It is unclear where he got such numbers, as there is no public evidence that Suleimani killed hundreds of thousands of people or thousands of Americans.

“Was the attack imminent?” Trump asked, drawing attention to the key legal burden. “I think they’re going to start a new investigation.”

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‘They don’t understand what it means to be American’: Ex-Pentagon chief blasts White House

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained Wednesday that President Donald Trump went to St. John's Church with his Bible because it's what former President George W. Bush did after Sept. 11 and what Winston Churchill did during World War II. The problem, of course, being that protesters demanding an end to police brutality aren't the same as Al-Qaeda or the Nazis and it's police killing unarmed Americans, not Black Lives Matter.

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‘Comically ridiculous’: Kayleigh McEnany sparks outrage by comparing Trump to Winston Churchill

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At Wednesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared President Donald Trump's church photo-op stunt to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting bombing damage during the Nazi raids in World War II.

Kayleigh compares the President’s photo op to Churchill inspecting bombing damage pic.twitter.com/KP5ovHMYzI

— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 3, 2020

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Team Trump ‘running for cover’ after attempt to crack down on protests results in ‘humiliation’: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist Jennifer Rubin writes that the "tear-gassing of peaceful protesters, the debasement of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the wholly inappropriate participation of the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the goose step across Lafayette Square" were actually President Trump's way of compensating for reports that he retreated to an underground bunker when protesters got close to the White House.

Rubin points to Trump's claim that he went to the bunker for an "inspection." But according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, he had no idea where Trump and the rest of his entourage were going.

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