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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick Ocasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention MORE (D-N.Y.) accused President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' 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 PompeoMike PompeoState Department watchdog probing whether Trump aides took gifts meant for foreign officials Biden shows little progress with Abraham Accords on first anniversary Biden slips further back to failed China policies 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.