The Trump administration has been criticized for how they have explained their reasoning for conducting the strike, but this is the most concrete explanation for the strike since it happened.
President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he ordered the killing of Iran’s top military commander last week to disrupt a previously undisclosed plot to attack the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
“I will say this, we caught a total monster. We took him out. That should have happened a long time ago,” Trump said during an environmental event at the White House of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“We did it because they were looking to blow up our embassy. We also did it for other reasons that were very obvious. Somebody died, one of our military people died. People were badly wounded just a week before,” he added.
The detail would be one of the most concrete revelations about the attack that appeared to bring the U.S. to the precipice of war with Iran before Trump tried to cool tensions in a national address Wednesday.