WASHINGTON - Key U.S. officials hedged Sunday in detailing President Donald Trump's claim that Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani intended to blow up four U.S. embassies before Trump ordered a drone strike to kill him.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News' "Face the Nation" show, "I didn't see the intelligence about Iran posing an imminent threat to four U.S. embassies, but I believe President Trump when he says there was one."
The Pentagon chief added, "What I'm saying is I share the president's view that probably- my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies."
Esper, in another interview, told CNN's "State of the Union" show, that he believed Soleimani was "days away" from launching an attack on U.S. facilities when the drone attack killed him Jan. 3.
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