The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that only domestic Democratic politicians are mourning the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani following the U.S. airstrike last week, while nothing can be heard from China, Russia, and the Gulf members.
“The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates,” Haley wrote in a tweet on Monday night, Jan. 6.
The former diplomat was repeating a piece of her interview with Fox News in which she also said, “You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran. You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members. You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia.”
“The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.” pic.twitter.com/IZJJqpxkBE
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 7, 2020
In the interview, Haley defended President Donald Trump for his decision to order the airstrike at Baghdad airport last Thursday, killing Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist group.
“I think the president showed great decisiveness, great resolve,” Haley said. “What the president did left the Iranian regime completely flat-footed. They did not see this coming. They thought they could continue to do their multiple strikes. But when it got to the lives of Americans, the president is never going to allow that to happen.”
According to Haley, Soleimani’s killing was “a long time coming” and that left Iran’s leaders “shaking in their boots.”
Haley’s comments came after President Trump’s domestic political opponents raised questions about his Soleimani strike.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a letter sent to House Democrats on Jan. 5 said, “The Trump administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials. This action endangered our service members, diplomats, and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) admitted Soleimani was plotting against American interests, but he said, “The question is, did the plotting here rise to the level that required his elimination from the battlefield?”
Among Democratic presidential candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement after Soleimani’s death, “No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing. He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents throughout the region.”
“This is a hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region,” Biden said, adding that, President Trump “just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”
Another White House runner Bernie Sanders said, “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.”
The senator co-sponsors a bill that would block the Pentagon from funding for U.S. military force in or against Iran without congressional authorization.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said the Trump administration’s decision to kill Soleimani was a “reckless move” that “escalates the situation with Iran.”