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Democratic senator: Trump told Laura Ingraham more about Soleimani killing than we heard in briefing

Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday decried what he called a lack of meaningful information presented to members of Congress about the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE provided more detail in an interview with Fox News's Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamGeorgia's Perdue, Kemp to appear with Fox News's Laura Ingraham Senate committee advances FCC nominee on party-line vote  Pai formally announces plans to leave FCC MORE.

“In the classified briefing, we got less detailed information than President Trump shared with Laura Ingraham,” Coons said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that administration representatives told members of Congress there was an “imminent threat” and “no more detail than that.”

Trump told Ingraham that Soleimani had been plotting attacks on four U.S. embassies, including one in Iraq, without offering further evidence. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE had pressed White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien on the inconsistency between the briefing and the interview in a previous segment.

Although Coons hastened to say the killing “certainly took out one of our worst enemies in the Middle East,” he added that “the larger question is, does it makes us safer, did it make our position in the region more stable and is there a clear strategy for moving forward?”

Coons also said that while the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” tactics against Iran had borne some fruit, its foreign policy had led to “a real weakening of our alliances.”

“What made the [2015] Iran deal possible was getting most of the world aligned with the United States in putting sanctions and pressure on Iran,” Coons said. “This recent incident of killing Qassem Soleimani has further strained some of our partnerships” with nations such as the U.K., France and Germany, “and we need them if we’re going to build a stronger next Iran deal.”