Graham was briefed on the Iran strike while golfing with Trump. Pelosi says she was left in the dark

Graham was briefed on the Iran strike while golfing with Trump. Pelosi says she was left in the dark

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decried President Donald Trump’s decision to order the killing of a top Iranian official and escalate tensions with the Middle Eastern nation without informing Congress.  Pelosi condemned Trump’s “dangerous escalation of tensions” with Iran, saying the drone strike that killed a top Iranian military commander was carried out without authorization from Congress.Advertisement:  “The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region,” she said.  But Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, told Fox News that he got a briefing while golfing with Trump in Florida.  “I was briefed about the potential operation when I was down in Florida,” he said Friday. “I appreciate being brought into the orbit. I really appreciate President Trump letting the world know you cannot kill an American without [sic] impunity.”Advertisement:  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was also not briefed on the strike, CNN reported.  The Pentagon said Thursday that Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force unit who was widely considered the second-most powerful official in Iran. The attack also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a leader of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia.  Soleimani was “extraordinarily close to the Supreme Leader of Iran” and was “more powerful than Iran’s president,” journalist Yashar Ali wrote on Twitter. His forces were “responsible for assassinations, terrorism, and unconventional warfare that Iran supports in countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen… [and] for successful and attempted terrorist acts and assassinations in countries like Argentina, the United States, India, and Germany.”Advertisement:  “Killing Soleimani is not like killing the head of a terrorist [organization],” he added. “It’s like killing the head of a terrorist organization and a head of state. You have to treat it as such and the US has not DIRECTLY engaged in assassinations on that level in decades.”  The Pentagon said the attack was carried out to “protect U.S. personnel abroad” after thousands of protesters and militia members stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in response to American airstrikes that killed dozens of militia members.Advertisement:  “[Soleimani] had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months, including the attack on Dec. 27, culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Trump ordered the drone strike to disrupt an “imminent attack” in the region.  “We don’t seek war with Iran,” he told Fox News.Advertisement:  Bu