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Rep. McSweeney supports Trump decision to kill Iranian terrorist


By Glenn Minnis | Jan 8, 2020

Illinois state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington)

Illinois state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) wonders what U.S. Rep Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) is thinking by questioning President Donald Trump’s recent decision to order the drone attack that killed Iranian commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

“He killed 608 American soldiers and was still a danger to the U.S.,” McSweeney told the Lake County Gazette. “But she’s still all in with whatever the Democrats have to say. Everyone knows [U.S. Rep.] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is the real leader of the Democratic Party, but we don’t need her running foreign policy.”

Underwood, who is serving in a district that Trump won in 2016, took to Twitter to publicly question the president.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) |

“My responsibility as a member of Congress is to ensure the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad,” she posted. "The administration must provide additional information to Congress to explain the intelligence that justifies these actions and its plan to keep America safe in their wake."

In McSweeney’s mind, Trump did the only thing he reasonably could do, especially considering that U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is on record saying that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack U.S. troops and diplomats.”

“The president is totally justified in his actions,” McSweeney said. “I don’t want to see an escalation of things, but I’m in support of him doing what he needs to do.”

Still in her first term, Underwood voted in support of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress impeachment articles filed against the president right before the holidays.

“As I’ve weighed this solemn decision, I’ve listened to our community, examined important testimony and evidence, and studied the drafted articles,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times. "The president has demonstrated a pattern of corrupt behavior, and abused his power for his own personal political gain when he pressured foreign leaders to conduct investigations against political rivals, jeopardizing our country’s national security and the integrity of our elections.”

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