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Kaine said he was ‘unaware’ of threats to four embassies

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said on Sunday that President Trump’s claim that Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies was not supported by intelligence shared with him during a briefing last week. 

“I was at the classified briefing because I’m both an Armed Services and Foreign Relations member, that wasn’t told to us in the classified briefing, nor was there a suggestion that multiple embassies were threatened,” Kaine said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

 

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His comments were in response to Trump’s remarks during a Fox News interview that aired on Friday about a potential threat. Trump said that he believed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, was targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and three others.

Kaine also said members were “unhappy” with the briefing and said “the evidence was far short of an imminent threat.” 

“We were mad that they were so dismissive of the notion that Congress would have anything to do with questions of war and peace,” Kaine added. 

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The senator introduced a resolution aimed at reining in Trump’s military powers. Two Republican senators, Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.) said they would support the resolution after slamming the administration’s briefing on Iran last week. 

A similar resolution passed in the House on Friday.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on “Face the Nation” that he shared Trump’s view about the threat, but said that he had not seen intelligence to support it. He added that Trump did not cite intelligence when making the claim.

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