Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, accused Democratic lawmakers of “being in love with terrorists” after they criticized President Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike killing a top Iranian commander.
“They’re in love with terrorists,” Collins said on Fox Business’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” He asserted that Democrats were mourning the death of Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful officials in Iran.
“They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our gold star families, who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That’s a problem,” he said.
The United States designated Soleimani as the head of the terrorist group Quds Force.
Collins noted that President Trump was emerging as the “voice of reason” amid the increasing tensions in the Middle East.
He tweeted, “President Trump’s pursuit of peace through strength is exactly what America needs. The president was clear: We aren’t seeking war. Instead, we are giving Iran a choice: Abandon your pursuit of nuclear weapons and state-sponsored terrorism, and you can achieve prosperity.”
President Trump’s pursuit of peace through strength is exactly what America needs.
The president was clear: We aren’t seeking war. Instead, we are giving Iran a choice: Abandon your pursuit of nuclear weapons and state-sponsored terrorism, and you can achieve prosperity. https://t.co/K1xraJS5Pk
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) January 8, 2020
Earlier, President Trump delivered an address to the nation following the Iranian missile strike. He said Soleimani was the world’s top terrorist that the United States military eliminated to protect American lives.
“As the head of the Quds force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities. He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims,” President Trump said.
“Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American. And he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.”
The president added that the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime until it changes its behavior.
Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the House will vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s military action against Iran on Jan. 9.
“Today, to honor our duty to keep the American people safe, the House will move forward with a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran,” Pelosi wrote, adding that the resolution will be brought to the floor Thursday after going to the Rules Committee.
The resolution, authored by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), would mandate military hostilities with Iran end within 30 days unless Congress grants approval.