Kellyanne Conway accuses Trump critics of 'hero worship' for Soleimani

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump rallies supporters for recently converted Republican Jefferson Van Drew George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump Kellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed MORE on Monday hammered Democrats over their response to the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, accusing critics of the move of not being properly appreciative of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE's decision to target the high-ranking Iranian official.

"You think that they’ll be satisfied?" Conway said from the White House briefing room when asked about declassifying to Congress the intelligence that led to the strike.

"It sounds like they’re defending Soleimani and attacking this president, and that's on them. I'm a little tired of this hero worship of whoever the president has taken out."


Conway said she expected lawmakers to be briefed, potentially at some point this week, on the operation that killed Soleimani in Baghdad last week. Soleimani led the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps's Quds Force and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans across the Middle East over the past several years.

"I know that they’ll be briefed in due course, and probably expeditiously. And they know that, too," she said. "But they also should calm down and celebrate, not denigrate, the fact that the world's greatest terrorist" was killed.

The killing of Soleimani has led to renewed concerns about heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Officials in Tehran have vowed retaliation and Trump has responded by threatening to target Iranian cultural sites if Americans are harmed.

Lawmakers in Washington — and Democrats, in particular — have raised concerns about presidential war powers following the strike on Soleimani, demanding that Trump seek congressional authorization for future action.

Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Senate Democrats' super PAC raised million in 2019 As the mental health crisis grows, Puerto Ricans need long-term care MORE (D-N.Y.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Dem senators say Iran threat to embassies not mentioned in intelligence briefing Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (D-N.J.) on Monday called for Trump to declassify the notification of the operation as mandated under the War Powers Act. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP senator plans to ask about Bidens, whistleblower in impeachment trial Parnas asks court for permission to turn over more evidence to Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post there should be open hearings on the events in the Middle East.


But Conway defended the president's communications with Congress, saying they would be briefed in due course.

She also defended his decision not to brief congressional leaders before approving the operation last week, suggesting that some lawmakers, such as Schiff, would have possibly leaked plans to the press.

"Could you imagine telling [Schiff], that this was going to happen? Could you imagine?" Conway said. "The man goes to bed with his earpiece and microphone on. So what would've happened?"