Geraldo Rivera apologizes to Brian Kilmeade after on-air clash over Iran
Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera on Friday apologized to “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade for saying that Kilmeade had “never met a war you didn’t like.”
The two had an on-air dust-up earlier Friday morning on the network’s morning show as they discussed President Trump’s decision to order an airstrike that killed one of Iran’s top military figures, Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“I didn’t mean anything personally,” Rivera said on “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Radio after Rivera and Kilmeade’s earlier fight made the rounds on social media.
“You know I’m your biggest fan in this building and in this town. I think you really have a total grasp on issues that is profoundly securing, reaffirming, reassuring for us. I just disagree on this issue of killing Soleimani,” he said.
Geraldo: Don’t for a minute start cheering this on, what we have done, what we have unleashed —
Kilmeade: I will cheer it on. I am elated.
Geraldo: Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like.
Kilmeade: That is not true, don’t even say that. pic.twitter.com/1VZ3tZJPRb
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 3, 2020
Earlier on Fox & Friends, Rivera and Kilmeade got heated in talking about the possible ramifications of Trump’s decision to kill Soleimani.
“Don’t for a minute start cheering this on, what we have done, what we have unleashed,” Rivera said to Kilmeade.
“I will cheer it on. I am elated,” Kilmeade injected.
“Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like,” Rivera shot back, referencing the South Carolina Republican senator, a foreign policy hawk.
“That is not true, don’t even say that,” Kilmeade responded.
The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday night that Trump had ordered the strike which killed Soleimani. Officials said the Iranian commander was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops over the years. But the move also sparked worries in Washington and foreign capitals about a dramatic escalation in tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Tehran on Friday threatened to retaliate for the killing.
On Friday, President Trump explained his order for the airstrike, stating that he authorized the strike “to stop a war,” and that the “termination” of the general was a preventative measure.
“What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved,” Trump said in a short address from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” the president added, describing the action as a “flawless, precision strike.”