Fox's Bongino: Soleimani posed imminent threat by 'having a pulse'

Conservative commentator Dan Bongino argued that "the imminent threat" Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed was "having a pulse" while justifying President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's decision to launch the drone strike that killed the military commander in Iraq. 

“The imminent threat was Soleimani having a pulse,” Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, said Monday on "Fox & Friends," a show that is often praised by the president.

“His résumé," added co-host Brian Kilmeade.


“This is probably one of those times we should at least give Donald Trump, the American government, the benefit of the doubt based on the goal and the end game of killing this terrorist,” Bongino continued.

"Listen, I did this for years at the highest levels in the Secret Service, designing security plans in some of the world’s hot zones," Bongino added. "You evaluate a threat for being dangerous based on past history and you need to take action. This is common sense. Only a moron would think otherwise.”

Soleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force, was considered one of Tehran's most powerful generals. The U.S. says he was also responsible for killing hundreds of U.S. soldiers during the Iraq War.

“At the end of the day, Soleimani was planning an attack against multiple sites,” Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperSaudi military students resume US flight training: report Overnight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Bipartisan Armed Services leaders tear into Pentagon over use of .8B for border wall MORE told CNN on Sunday, adding that “at least” the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was included on that list. "Taking [Soleimani] off the battlefield ... was the right thing to do.”

Democrats, along with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' MORE (R-Utah) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress eyes killing controversial surveillance program Trump creates new headaches for GOP with top intelligence pick Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms MORE (R-Ky.), have questioned whether an imminent threat was posed at the time of Soleimani's killing, as administration officials have claimed without providing evidence.


Trump in a tweet on Monday argued that Soleimani didn't need to pose an imminent threat, pointing to "his horrible past" in taking out U.S. service members.

“The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was ‘eminent’ or not, & was my team in agreement,” Trump tweeted said.

“The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!” the president added.