Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday night had his first interview following the killing of Qasem Soleimani. He sat down with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell to discuss what took place.
“Iran’s supreme leader called the attack a slap in the face but are you worried a punch in the gut may be around the corner?” O’Donnell asked.
Pence said the American people can rest easier because of President Trump’s leadership and the military’s professionalism. As a result of the military’s professionalism and preparedness, there were no American or Iraqi casualties in the Iranian attacks on the al-Asad airbase. . .
“Well, we’re dealing with a country that’s been the leading state-sponsor of terrorism for more than 20 years,” Pence explained. “And so we’ll continue to be prepared, continue to confront Iran in the way that President Trump has since the beginning of this administration.” . . .
“The fact that no American lives were lost was a great relief, I know to the president and to myself, to our entire national security team as it is to every American,” Pence said. “We moved forces, we provided the level of force protection at the president’s direction, and, in a very real sense, we had the early warning systems that allowed us to move Americans and our allies out of harm’s way.”
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 9, 2020
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