U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN during an interview Friday morning that "President Trump's decision to remove Qasem Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives."
On President Trump's orders, the U.S. killed Soleimani, Iran's top general, in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early Friday morning. In addition to Soleimani, another general, a colonel, a major, and a captain with Iran's Revolutionary Guard were also killed in the strike.
According to Pompeo, the attack saved "dozens, if not hundreds of American lives from imminent risk" as Soleimani was "actively plotting" to take major action in the region.
When asked to comment about France's minister of state for Europe's remark that the airstrike made the world a more dangerous place, Pompeo replied, "The French are just wrong about that. The world is a much safer place today."