Like popular Iranian leader General Qasim Soleimani, US President Donald Trump wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But he was unable to carry out the plan in opposition to former US Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
I could have removed him (Assad) if I wanted to. Mattis was against it, he said. Mattis was against most things… he didn’t know how to win.
Former Marine General James Mattis is said to have tried to thwart Trump’s whimsical activities during his tenure as Secretary of Defense. He has been at odds with the Trump administration over issues such as the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and the reduction of funding to combat climate change.
Finally, on December 20, 2016, he announced his resignation from the ministry. At the time, however, Trump claimed without presenting any evidence that Mattis had not resigned, he had fired him.
This former general is a great American, he’s given a lot to the country, Trump said of James Mattis at Fox & Friends. I wouldn’t say he’s a good or bad American. Im just saying he didn’t do well. So I let him go.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has opened his mouth about reports that Iran could hurt US assets in the wake of the assassination of Qasim Soleimani.
In a tweet, he said, According to media reports, Iran may plan to assassinate the United States or carry out another attack to avenge the assassination of terrorist leader Soleimani. If Iran launches any kind of attack, it will retaliate with a thousand times more attacks.
Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most influential leader and commander of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3. Shortly afterwards, the Middle Eastern country announced retaliation by attacking US assets.