Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of 'an act of war'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhat the coronavirus reveals about the race grievance industry Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims MORE (D-N.Y.) accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE of an "act of war" following the Thursday airstrike in Iraq he ordered that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

"Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. 

The drone strike followed an assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday by supporters of an Iranian-backed militia, which itself followed reciprocal airstrikes by both sides over the weekend.

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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time Trump administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad MORE has said that "de-escalation" is the goal of the U.S. and said the attack was carried out because of "imminent threats to American lives."

Democrats, however, described the action as a "massive escalation" and said it could provoke "further dangerous escalation of violence."

Iran has warned of "harsh retaliation" following the strike. 

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said Friday that about 3,000 U.S. troops will be deployed to the Middle East as tensions rise.