San Diego’s elected officials and candidates react to US airstrike that killed Iranian General Soleimani

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s elected representatives, and candidates currently campaigning to be elected in 2020 are releasing statements on President Trump’s order for an airstrike that killed Iran’s most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani.

President Trump tweeted Friday that General Soleimani is responsible for killing and wounding thousands of Americans over an extended period of time and was plotting to kill more.

Soleimani was the one who approved Tuesday’s attack on the US Embassy in Iraq.

In response to the deadly airstrike, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have been vocal with their support, and/or opposition to Trump’s action. Republicans have been very supportive of President Trump’s decision to eliminate Soleimani, while Democrats were quick to denounce it claiming it was “reckless” and “dangerous.”

San Diego’s elected officials were no different.

Rep. Scott Peters

A statement from Democrat Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) reads, “No one laments the death of Qasem Soleimani, the architect of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ support for terror activities in the Middle East. But this act is a significant escalation of our ongoing conflict with Iran, endangers the lives of Americans in the Middle East and around the world, and may lead to war. At a minimum, Congress should have been consulted about the strike and about the follow on strategy for our national defense against retaliation. I ask the President to work in partnership with Congress on a plan in both the near and long-term to keep Americans and our allies safe.”

Rep. Susan Davis

Democrat Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) released a similar statement saying, “There is no doubt that Qasem Soleimani was responsible for countless deaths and violence, what is not clear is the Trump Administration’s justification and the strategy for the aftermath of this dangerous escalation. The administration needs to explain to the American people and to Congress, which was not consulted, about the ‘imminent attack’ and provide reassurance that it has the diplomatic capabilities to prevent this from spiraling into a major conflict with Iran.”

Rep. Juan Vargas

Democrat Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) tweeted that Trump’s decision to order an airstrike to kill general Soleimani, “has escalated violence in Iran without briefing Congress.”

Rep. Mike Levin

Democrat Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49) posted a series of tweets. He wrote, “Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of many Americans and for horrible violence around the world. He deserved to be brought to justice. At the same time, I am very troubled that this strike took place without appropriate consultation with Congress. The Administration’s actions have put American lives at increased risk and greatly raised the possibility of another major conflict in the Middle East. The President has an obligation to consult with Congress on any next steps and on the Administration’s preparation for the severe consequences of this strike.”

49th Congressional District candidate Brian Maryott

Businessman Brian Maryott is running against Rep. Levin in the 2020 election, had a much different take on Trump’s order to kill Soleimani than Levin. Maryott congratulated the “outstanding servicemen and women who took part in the pro-active strike against the monster Soleimani.”

50th Congressional Candidates; Darrell Issa, Ammar Campa-Najjar, and Carl DeMaio

Former Congressman and current candidate for the 50th Congressional District, Darrell Issa, shared his thoughts live on Good Morning San Diego Friday morning. Issa also posted a tweet about Soleimani’s death writing, “Let’s be clear about what happened today: the United States took out one of the world’s worst sponsors of terrorism because of  @realDonaldTrump’s decisive action. The days of blaming terrorist attacks on YouTube videos are over.” 

You can see Issa’s interview on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego here.

Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat candidate for the 50th Congressional District also posted his reaction to Twitter saying “Americans don’t want another forever war. #NoWarInIran”

Republican candidate for the 50th Congressional District reacted on Twitter by responding to Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) tweet about the airstrike.

53rd Congressional District Candidates

Sara Jacob’s, Democrat candidate for the 53rd Congressional District, released a statement as well. Jacob’s statement reads;

“This ill-conceived operation was the culmination of a reckless strategy toward Iran that started with the Trump Administration pulling out of the Iran deal. Of all the hyperbole and questions being thrown around, the only one that needs to be asked is this: is the United States safer for having done this? The answer is clearly no.

As someone who has worked at the State Department and has studied countless interventions and post-conflict stabilizations, and as a millennial who has lived through two decades of endless war, I can tell you, unequivocally, we cannot let this escalate into another war in the Middle East. After 20 years of fallout from a hawkish Bush Administration, and the potential for 20 more from a blundering Trump Administration, it’s time for Congress to reassert its Constitutional role in deciding between war and peace. And it’s time to elect more Members of Congress with experience in foreign policy before it is too late.

The U.S. government failed my generation 20 years ago. We cannot afford to do it again.”

Democrat candidate Jose Caballero tweeted out his disgust to the news that President Trump killed Iranian General Soleimani. As a veteran, Caballero hoped for the safety of our troops.

Caballero then posted a second tweet saying “the fact is we assassinated their top general” and continued, “Trump gave Iran the moral high ground…”




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