President Trump tweeted a defense on Friday of his decision to call for the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying he "should have been taken out many years ago."
"General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught!" Trump tweeted Friday morning. "He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!"
Gen. Soleimani was the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and a longtime enemy of the U.S.
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