The Trump Administration does not believe Iran intentionally avoided US casualties during missile strikes, and instead intended to kill Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said today.
“The ballistic missiles fired at American bases…we believe were intended to kill Americans. We have intelligence to support that was the intention of the Iranians,” he said during an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Pence said it was “not at all” risky to let Iran take the shot. He said the US response at the bases “wasn’t simply hunkering down,” saying that the US military repositioned people and assets.
He wouldn’t say whether the imminent threat had been eradicated with Soleimani’s death when asked.
“Well, the threat of Soleimani’s leadership is gone,” he said.
He called this an opportunity for a “fresh start” with the Iranian regime, reiterating that the US does not want regime change.