Categories for Assassination

32,859. 2/15/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SenateGOP: ʀᴇᴍɪɴᴅᴇʀ In killing Soleimani, @realdonaldtrump eliminated a terrorist mastermind who had been responsible for more America…”

Donald Trump,, February 15, 2020 5:50 pm

32,682. 2/9/2020

ASSASSINATION/DEMS/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @TimMurtaugh: In tonight’s debate, Democrats agreed that they’d all have permitted Qassem Soleimani to continue to walk the Earth. Not…”

Donald Trump,, February 9, 2020 10:35 am

32,607. 2/8/2020

ASSASSINATION/DEMS/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ArthurSchwartz: Mayor Pete says he can’t answer @davidmuir’s question about whether he would have approved a strike on Soleimani becaus…”

Donald Trump,, February 8, 2020 7:24 am

32,547. 2/7/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @charliekirk11: BOOM: Another terrorist leader has been wiped off the face of the earth thanks to @realDonaldTrump Al Qaeda leader Qas…”

Donald Trump,, February 7, 2020 7:01 am

32,335. 2/1/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/YEMEN: “RT @SeanDNaylor: U.S. killed a top al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, reports say via @Yahoo”

-Donald Trump,, February 1, 2020 9:05 am

32,334. 2/1/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Rita_Katz: 6)Of all living #AlQaeda leaders, al-Rimi was the most compelling, known for his charisma & beloved across the AQ community.…”

Donald Trump,, February 1, 2020 9:05 am

32,333. 2/1/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Rita_Katz: 5)As I said yesterday, all but confirmed that #AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi was killed in a U.S. drone strike. AQAP, although…”

Donald Trump,, February 1, 2020 9:04 am

32,332. 2/1/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Rita_Katz: 4)If true, and it seems to be, the dead of al-Rimi would mark a major blow to #AlQaeda on the whole. Al-Rimi was a candidate…”

Donald Trump,, February 1, 2020 9:04 am

32,331. 2/1/2020

ASSASSINATION/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @Rita_Katz: 3)Breaking: It appears that Qasim al-Rimi, leader of the Yemen-based #AQAP, was the individual targeted & killed in a U.S. d…”

Donald Trump,, February 1, 2020 9:03 am

32,084. 1/13/2020

ASSASSINATION/ATTORNEY GENERAL/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @KerriKupecDOJ: Attorney General Barr on Soleimani: ‘Frankly, I don’t think it was a close call. The President clearly had the authority…”

Donald Trump,, January 13, 2020 6:56 pm

32,081. 1/7/2020

ASSASSINATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: I think the vast majority agree killing 600+ Americans is well beyond justification to say: enough is enough. And yet…”

Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 7:12 pm

32,078. 1/7/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @LindseyGrahamSC: President @realDonaldTrump took decisive, preemptive action to foil a plot directed at American personnel. As to what…”

Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 7:02 am

32,077. 1/7/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @LindseyGrahamSC: We killed the most powerful man in Tehran short of the Ayatollah. This was not an act of revenge for what he had do…”

Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 7:02 am

32,076. 1/7/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @LindseyGrahamSC: When it comes to the death of General Soleimani, there is no one to blame but himself. He effectively signed his own…”

Donald Trump,, January 7, 2020 7:01 am

32,053. 1/6/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SenateGOP: Qassem Soleimani’s 20-year span of terror is finally over. America—and the world—are safer because @realdonaldtrump took a…”

-Donald Trump,, January 6, 2020 7:12 pm

32,045. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “How Iran will respond to the American assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani remains a matter of speculation, but one outcome seems almost certain: the end of Europe’s long effort to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal alive. In interviews on Friday [1-3-20], European analysts envisioned a number of baleful results from the killing of the general, who was a national hero and potential political leader in Iran, and whose death Tehran has vowed to avenge. Among those were the downgrading of diplomacy, the destabilization of Iraq and the further strengthening of Iran’s hard-liners and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. But the more immediate threat, they said, was to the nuclear deal negotiated by President Barack Obama in 2015. President Trump pulled the United States out of the treaty in May 2018, calling it ‘a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,’ and imposed punitive new sanctions as part of a ‘maximum pressure’ campaign.”

Steven Erlanger, “Suleimani’s Gone, and the Iran Nuclear Deal May Be Next,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,044. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/DEMS/FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The American strike in Baghdad that killed the Iranian general Qassim Suleimani thrust foreign policy to the center of the Democratic presidential race, drawing expressions of grave concern from the leading candidates and stoking a new debate in the party about the American military presence in the Middle East. The party’s presidential field reacted to the attack with a measure of unity, at least on the surface level, condemning General Suleimani’s role directing violence against Americans but criticizing what they called the Trump administration’s penchant for reckless action and the threat of all-out war. But during a series of campaign events on Friday [1-3-20], the top Democrats began to signal their differences on matters of national security, opening the way for what could become the party’s most serious conversation of the race about war and peace.”

Alexander Burns, “Airstrike Pushes National Security to Forefront of 2020 Race,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,043. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “In the hours after an American drone strike in Iraq killed Iran’s most important military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a question has dominated discussion in the Middle East, in Congress and on social media. Could this lead to war between the United States and Iran? In a sense, it already has. The killing of General Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, its elite security and intelligence unit, meets virtually any definition of an act of war, a categorical difference from the shadow conflicts that the United States and Iran have engaged in for years. To Iranian eyes, it is akin to Tehran ordering the death of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But it remains uncertain where this attack, which follows weeks of tit-for-tat escalations between the two countries, will lead.”

-Max Fisher, “Is There a Risk of Wider War With Iran?,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,041. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump was deep in discussion with political advisers going over campaign plans at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida just before 5 p.m. Thursday when he was abruptly summoned to another meeting. A while later, he returned just as mysteriously, jumping back into the conversation without offering a clue to what was going on. In those few minutes, according to multiple people briefed on the events, Mr. Trump had made one of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his presidency, giving final authorization to a drone strike halfway around the world that would eliminate one of America’s deadliest enemies while pushing the United States to the edge of an escalating confrontation with Iran that could transform the Middle East.”

Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker, “For Trump, a Risky Decision on Suleimani Is One Other Presidents Had Avoided,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,040. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s decision to strike and kill the second most powerful official in Iran turns a slow-simmering conflict with Tehran into a boiling one, and is the riskiest move made by the United States in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The calculus was straightforward: Washington had to re-establish deterrence, and show the Iranian leadership that missiles fired at ships in the Persian Gulf and at oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, along with attacks inside Iraq that cost the life of an American contractor, would not go without a response. But while senior American officials have no doubt the Iranians will respond, they do not know how quickly, or how furiously. For a president who repeated his determination to withdraw from the caldron of the Middle East, the strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who for two decades has led Iran’s most fearsome and ruthless military unit, the Quds Force, means there will be no escape from the region for the rest of his presidency, whether that is one year or five.”

David E. Sanger, “For Trump, a Risky Gamble to Deter Iran,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,039. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/IRAN/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States and Iran exchanged escalating military threats on Friday [1-3-20] as President Trump warned that he was ‘prepared to take whatever action is necessary’ if Iran threatened Americans and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, vowed to exact vengeance for the killing on Mr. Trump’s order of Iran’s most valued general. Although the president insisted that he took the action to avoid a war with Iran, the continuing threats further rattled foreign capitals, global markets and Capitol Hill, where Democrats demanded more information about the strike and Mr. Trump’s grounds for taking such a provocative move without consulting Congress. Democrats also pressed questions about the attack’s timing and whether it was meant to deflect attention from the president’s expected impeachment trial this month in the Senate.”

Michael Crowley, Peter Baker, Edward Wong and Maggie Haberman, “U.S. and Iran Exchange More Threats as Democrats Question Timing of Strike,” The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,035. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Friday [1-3-20] he ordered the killing of Qassem Soleimani to stop a war, not start one, saying the Iranian military commander was planning imminent attacks on Americans. ‘Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him,’ Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort. ‘We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,’ Trump said, adding that the United States does not seek regime change in Iran.”

Reuters Staff, “Trump says ordered killing of Iranian general to prevent war, not start one,” Reuters, January 3, 2020 12:35 pm

32,025. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/LIBYA/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JackPosobiec: Did You Know: Soleimani planned the 2012 attacks in Libya because he knew about the gun running to Syrian rebels that w…”

-Donald Trump,, January 3, 2020 11:02 am

32,022. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @RepMarkMeadows: Soleimani was a murderer with the blood of Americans on his hands—and plotting more attacks. Thank God for our military…”

Donald Trump,, January 3, 2020 11:01 am

32,018. 1/3/2020

ASSASSINATION/IRAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @BuckSexton: What’s really amazing is that we had been told to accept for so long that the head of IRGC Quds was able to direct operatio…”

Donald Trump,, January 3, 2020 10:37 am