- Associated Press - Friday, January 3, 2020

The Trump administration needs to proceed with great caution, consult with Congress and be clear with the American people about its strategy following the U.S. military air strike that killed Iran’s top military commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan said Friday.

“Soleimani was an enemy of the United States who was responsible for the murder of thousands, including U.S. service members.,” Hassan, a Democrat, said in a statement. “This is an incredibly volatile situation, and our first priority must be protecting U.S. troops and interests around the world.”

Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen tweeted Thursday that Soleimani “is responsible for terrorist attacks against the U.S. military and the deaths of our service members - his death represents some justice for those Americans lost.”

She added, “However, this is a significant escalation and I hope that the White House has a plan in place and has prepared for potential responses from Iran.”

President Donald Trump said Friday that the targeted killing of Soleimani near Baghdad was ordered because he was “plotting to kill” many Americans. Trump also said Soleimani was also responsible for killing and wounding “thousands” of Americans and many more in the region.

Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for the killing.

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