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Kaine said he was 'unaware' of threats to four embassies

Kaine said he was 'unaware' of threats to four embassies
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Grassley tests positive for coronavirus MORE (D-Va.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE’s claim that Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies was not supported by intelligence shared with him during a briefing last week. 

“I was at the classified briefing because I'm both an Armed Services and Foreign Relations member, that wasn't told to us in the classified briefing, nor was there a suggestion that multiple embassies were threatened,” Kaine said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

 

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His comments were in response to Trump’s remarks during a Fox News interview that aired on Friday about a potential threat. Trump said that he believed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, was targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and three others.

Kaine also said members were “unhappy” with the briefing and said “the evidence was far short of an imminent threat.” 

“We were mad that they were so dismissive of the notion that Congress would have anything to do with questions of war and peace,” Kaine added. 

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The senator introduced a resolution aimed at reining in Trump’s military powers. Two Republican senators, Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (Utah) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (Ky.) said they would support the resolution after slamming the administration's briefing on Iran last week. 

A similar resolution passed in the House on Friday.

Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTrump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans President is wild card as shutdown fears grow MORE said on “Face the Nation” that he shared Trump’s view about the threat, but said that he had not seen intelligence to support it. He added that Trump did not cite intelligence when making the claim.