President Donald Trump and top administration officials are offering different — sometimes contradictory — reasons for the US decision to assassinate top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani earlier this month.
When asked in an interview on CNN Sunday about Trump’s claim, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said: “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies.”
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware in a Sunday interviewwith Fox News Sunday said that in a classified briefing with the Trump administration on Iran, senators “got less detailed information than President Trump shared with Laura Ingraham.”
Two aerial photographs of the National Mall from the two historic days reveal large patches of white ground exposed during Trump’s ceremony, spaces crowds had filled during Obama’s 2009 inauguration. The pictures were taken around the same time during the day, Trump’s at 11:04 a.m. and Obama’s at 11:30 a.m.
A composite image shows the inauguration crows for Barack Obama in 2009, left, and Donald Trump in 2017. Emily Barnes—Getty Images; Lucas Jackson—Reuters
Teheran, 7 January 2020
A stampede erupted on Tuesday at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, killing 32 people and injuring 190 others, state television reported.
According to the report, the stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasem Soleimani, as the procession got underway. Initial videos posted online showed people lying lifeless on a road, others shouting and trying to help them.