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Rep. Mike Waltz: Soleimani's Death an 'American Victory'

Rep. Mike Waltz: Soleimani's Death an 'American Victory'
U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., listens to an aide during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee Din Washington last month. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 January 2020 03:54 PM

Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., said Friday that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani's death was "long overdue" and that Americans should be "celebrating this as an American victory."

"You'd hear criticism from me if you did not take action to stop more Americans from being killed," Waltz, 45, in his first term, told Fox News.

"The president's right, this was long overdue," he said. "This should have been done under the Obama administration.

"And that an America civilian that was killed just last week under Soleimani's direction, as he was rocketed on a base, would be alive today — not to mention the tens of thousands of Syrians, Lebanese and Iraqis across the Middle East would be alive today if we had taken him out years ago.

"That's why you're seeing people across the Middle East celebrate his death.

"The human rights abuses alone that he's responsible for should be cause for celebration," added Waltz, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, "and it saddens me to see partisan politics, of course, coming in — reflexive criticism just because it's President Trump.

"We should be celebrating this as an American victory today because that’s exactly what it is."

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Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., said Friday that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani's death was "long overdue" and that Americans should be "celebrating this as an American victory." "You'd hear criticism from me if you did not take action to stop more Americans from being killed,"...
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