On Monday, Mr Trump again stated there was an "imminent" attack planned by General Soleimani but also said "it doesn't really matter".
"The answer to both is a strong YES" added Trump before insisting that "it doesn't really matter because of his disgusting past!"
Attorney-General William Barr told reporters on Monday that the White House consulted his department before the strike. "We don't know precisely when, and we don't know precisely where, but it was real", he told Fox News last week. There had been no warning to embassies that there might be an attack If there were an imminent attack feared one would think that a warning of some sort would have been issued.
Democrats and a few Republicans in Congress said they have not been given adequate, detailed briefings. The announcement came days after Soleimani's death and ahead of Iranian retaliatory missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing us and other worldwide troops.
"Today, the Americans' interference in the affairs of other countries and their attempts to seize Syria's oil wells have clearly revealed that they've never cared about the interests of regional nations", he deplored.
In death, Soleimani, a major general and head of Iran's Quds Force since 1998, also has apparently received a promotion.
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In March 2019, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini presented Soleimani with the Order of Zulfiqar, Iran's highest military honor, as a champion of the Islamic revolution of 1979 and defender of the nation at home and overseas.
Barr said that Soleimani was a "legitimate military target" and the strike was a "legitimate act of self-defense". Asked whether he thought Trump had embellished the threat he said: "I don't believe so".
Soleimani had been in the cross-hairs of the US before - at least once in 2007 - but two administrations had rejected operations to kill him, wary of the consequences of striking down the Iranian military leader.
"Anytime information about something so sensitive gets into too many hands, you should know that not only did we limit this information in the legislative branch, we limited inside the executive branch as well", Pompeo said.
The killing was a risky move that brought the two nations closer to war than at any point in recent memory.
While revered at home, Soleimani was particularly despised by the USA military as the architect of the campaign to use explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, in roadside bombs that killed hundreds of US troops in Iraq. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Esper quoted CIA Director Gina Haspel, who, on a secure video conference, had summed up the stakes for the president: "The risk of inaction is greater than risk of action".