Utah Sen. Mike Lee has gone viral across Twitter after making a statement on an Iran briefing he received from the White House.
What happened: Lee spoke to reporters after the White House briefed Congress about the ongoing Iran situation. He was furious after a Senate briefing on President Trump’s decision to order the airstrike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
- Lee said it was “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen.”
- Lee called the briefing “insulting.”
- Lee said he “walked into that briefing undecided” about whether to support the War Powers Resolution, which would halt the Trump administration from taking military action against Iran without Congress’ approval, Business Insider reports.
- Lee: “It’s un-American, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s wrong,”
- Lee: “That briefing is what changed my mind. I’m now going to support it.”
- Lee said he was told by the Trump administration not to debate the merits of taking military action.
- Lee: “One of the messages that we received from the briefers was: Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. And that if you do you’ll be emboldening Iran.”
Fox News: Lee’s interview appeared on Fox News, which cut away from him, according to reporters. The network did come back five minutes later.
Fox News cut away from Republican Sen. Mike Lee as he excoriated the Trump admin’s Soleimani briefing as “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen.” pic.twitter.com/736Qtd6bWZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 8, 2020
Social media reaction: Here’s a look at the Twitter reaction.
A ticked off Mike Lee says the Iran briefing was so bad it changed his mind on Kaine’s war powers resolution, and now he’s going to support it— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 8, 2020
Ticked-off Mike Lee doesn't happen very often but when it does, it is quite a sight. https://t.co/BFWWpcvKTE— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 8, 2020
The White House briefed Congress on Iran. In the House there was a clear divide - Republicans said the administration justified its actions while Democrats said it did not.— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) January 8, 2020
Not so in the Senate. GOP Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee say the briefing was grossly inadequate. pic.twitter.com/wpZAkCuoJP