President Trump's new threat to Iran in case of retaliation

The president and his aides insist that the decision to kill Qassem Soleimani was the right move and have now threatened to target 52 Iranian sites if Tehran strikes back.
3:49 | 01/06/20

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and as all this is unfolding in Iraq and Iran, an African terror group attacked U.S. Soldiers in Kenya. Al shabaab claimed responsibility. In the face of the new threats, president trump is taunting congress. Cecilia Vega at the white house with the latest. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning to president trump has repeatedly said he does not want to see endless wars in the Middle East, but this latest threat brings us closer than ever to conflict with Iran, and Democrats want to know why now, and they're demanding to see evidence of the white house's claim that this strike on soleimani was in response to an imminent threat. This morning, president trump is back at the white house is threatening a swift and disproportionate response if Iran retaliates. He insists killing soleimani was the right move. It's clear the world is a safer place today. Qasem soleimani no longer walks the planet. Reporter: If Tehran strikes back, a potential international war crime and violation of the Geneva convention. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in damage control mode. Why is the president threatening Iran with war crimes? We'll behave lawfully. We'll behave inside the system. We always have, and we always Reporter: Just hours later, president trump saying the exact opposite telling reporters, quote, they're allowed to kill our people. They're allowed to torture and maim our people, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn't work that way. "The New York Times" reporting military leaders were stunned when president trump decided to kill soleimani. Viewing his death as the most extreme option they presented to the president, and according to the paper, initially president trump did not take it, but he changed his mind after seeing news reports of iranian-backed attacks on the American embassy in Baghdad. Some Democrats lashing out saying the white house has yet to provide proof of its claim that soleimani's death was in response to an imminent threat. He was a bad, despicable guy. There's no debate there, but the claim of an imminent threat they have not supported. Reporter: Any military action requires congressional notification, but president trump now says his tweets should serve as formal notice to lawmakers. It's president trump raising his middle finger at the congress. Reporter: Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the house will vote on a resolution this week to limit the president's military actions in Iran calling the attack that killed soleimani provocative and disproportionate. And now president trump is threatening Iraq telling reporters overnight that if Iraq goes through with this parliamentary vote the remove foreign military from the country, he will make them repay the billions he says it costs to build an air base there. He says, we are not leaving unless they pay us back, and George, quote, we will charge them sanctions like they have never seen before. So Cecilia, in congress right now Nancy Pelosi you said is going to be pushing for a vote to stall any new military action. You have Democrats also continuing to raise questions about the intelligence whether it really showed if an attack was imminent. Reporter: So far, George, the administration has insisted on keeping its reasoning for this strike on soleimani classified. We are now hearing from two top senate Democrats who are calling on the president to immediately and completely declassify this information. It's chuck Schumer and Bob men then Dez. They are writing, quote, an entirely classified notification is simply not appropriate in a democratic society. Nancy Pelosi called this highly unusual, George. Cecilia Vega, thanks very much.

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