Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, was killed due to “imminent threats to American lives,” and claims President Trump’s decision to take out the leader “saved American lives.”

Early this morning, Pompeo took to Twitter to announce that he spoke with both Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi and British Secretary of State Dominic Raab about the decision to kill Soleimani and stated it was a response to imminent threats against Americans.

“I spoke today with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi to discuss @realDonaldTrump‘s decision to eliminate Soleimani in response to imminent threats to American lives. I reiterated our commitment to de-escalation,” Pompeo Tweeted.

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“Discussed with @DominicRaab the recent decision to take defensive action to eliminate Qassem Soleimani. Thankful that our allies recognize the continuing aggressive threats posed by the Iranian Quds Force. The U.S. remains committed to de-escalation,” the Secretary of State wrote on Twitter.

During an appearance on CNN this morning, Pompeo was asked about the “nature” of the threats.

Pompeo replied, “I can’t talk too much about the nature of the threats but the American people should know that President Trump’s decision to remove Qasem Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives. There’s no doubt about that. He was actively plotting in the region to take actions … that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk.”

He continued, “We know it was imminent. This was an intelligence-based assessment that drove our decision making process.”

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Fox News reports that the Pentagon confirmed late last evening that the President ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq which killed military officials, including Soleimani.

Soleimani led the Quds Force for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which supported terrorist proxies in the Middle East.

Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of at least 608 U.S. troops in Iraq.