Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Sunday pushed back on the Trump administration’s declaration the world is safer after the killing of Iran’s top military leader, insisting instead “we are much closer to the edge of war.”
In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” the presidential primary candidate also compared the explanations for the Thursday drone strike that killed Gen. Qassam Soleimani to those offered for the President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine and request of a “favor” of corruption investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“We are not safer because Donald Trump had Soleimani killed,” she declared. “We are much closer to the edge of war. The question is why now? Why not a month ago? Why not a month from now? And the administration simply can't keep its story straight.”
“The last time we saw this was this past summer over Ukraine,” Warren said.
“When people started asking questions about what happened in the phone call between Donald Trump and the president of Ukraine, why aid to Ukraine had been stopped, the administration did the same thing. They pointed in all different directions and gave a whole lot of different answers. Of course, what it turned out to be is that Donald Trump was doing what Donald Trump does - and that is he was advancing his own personal political interests.”
According to Warren, the wars in the Middle East have “cost thousands of American lives.”
“It has cost us enormously in many ways both at home and around the world and at the same time, look what it's done to the Middle East – millions of people who've been killed, who've been injured, who've been displaced,” she said.
“The job of the president is to keep us safer. The job of the president is not to move us to the edge of war,” she said.
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