Congressman García’s Statement on U.S. Airstrike that Killed Iranian General Soleimani
Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration conducted an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport:
“The killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by our military forces confirms our worst fears: President Trump may be provoking an international crisis and putting us on the brink of war to distract the country from his impeachment. This is wrong.
“Trump ordered this military action without authorization or consultation with Congress. Furthermore, when the House passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act earlier this year, we overwhelmingly voted to explicitly prohibit preemptive military actions like this.
“In May 2018, Trump walked away from the international agreement negotiated by President Obama (the JCPOA) that limited Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons. In doing so, Trump failed our allies in the negotiations and shut down dialogue that could have eased tensions between the United States and Iran. Americans don’t want another unending war. Just this morning I have received dozens of calls from my constituents opposing the President’s actions.
“We cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats, and others further at risk by engaging in provocative actions.”