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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on Killing of Qasem Soleimani

Jan 3, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in reaction to the recent United States action in Iraq:

“I have grave concerns about the repercussions of the Trump Administration’s actions last night in Iraq. The killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is a significant escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran, which may trigger increased violence in an already volatile region.

“Not only did President Trump fail to consult Congress before taking this action, he also clearly did not consider the impact it would have on our allies. When we fail to work with our strategic partners to come to significant foreign policy decisions, we risk our legitimacy on the international stage and place our goals at risk.

“This administration owes it to the American people to offer a clear explanation for why this action was taken, under what legal authority they believe it was authorized, and how they plan to de-escalate the situation with Iran. Like most Americans, I do not support an open war with Iran, but I am deeply concerned that the President’s actions have brought us that much closer to conflict.”