WH spokesman accuses Democrats of being more upset about Trump-Vince Vaughn exchange than Soleimani

WH spokesman accuses Democrats of being more upset about Trump-Vince Vaughn exchange than Soleimani
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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Democrats are more upset about a viral video of Trump meeting with actor Vince Vaughn than Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani killing Americans during the Iraq War. 

Gidley made the remark during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday after one of the hosts brought up Trump’s meeting with Vaughn at the college football championship game in New Orleans and said people on the left were now saying it was time to “cancel that guy.”

Gidley, who attended the game with the president, expressed disbelief that people would be upset that Trump and Vaughn “shared a few kind words,” asking, “What is the big deal?”

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“Democrats seem to be more upset at this exchange than they do over Soleimani killing American citizens,” he added.

It’s not clear that any major lawmakers have commented on Vaughn’s brief interaction with the president, though the video did spark some outrage on Twitter from certain users.

Democrats in Congress have expressed outrage over the administration’s shifting accounts for why Trump authorized a drone strike killing Soleimani, which brought the U.S. and Iran closer to war.

The administration initially said it had intelligence that Soleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. assets in the region, but has since argued that the Quds Force leader was targeted because of his past actions.

Trump, who last week said Soleimani was targeting four U.S. embassies, shifted his story again on Monday, tweeting that it didn’t matter if the threat from the Iranian was imminent “because of his horrible past.”

Democrats and some Republicans have criticized briefings on the strike as not providing evidence of an imminent threat, though the majority of GOP lawmakers have offered support for the administration.

Gidley earlier in the appearance on Fox said Soleimani had a history of killing Americans and that the administration did not make a mistake in talking about an imminent attack.

“No, absolutely not,” he said when asked if had been a mistake, “because no matter what we say, the press, at large, and of course the Democrats are going to jump all over it because they don't want this president to succeed in any way, whether it's economically, whether it's taking out terrorists across the globe, al-Baghdadi and now Soleimani.”