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

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGOP Foreign Affairs leaders join pushback against potential troop drawdown in Africa Foreign Relations Democrats 'deeply frustrated' after Iran briefing Democrats rally in support of bill to repeal Trump travel ban 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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE provided more detail in an interview with Fox News's Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamTrump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator GOP cries boredom in attack on impeachment case Giuliani says he was 'misled' by Parnas 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) WallaceFox's Wallace: Nadler would pay to have his Clinton impeachment remarks 'expunged from the Earth' Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News after interview with Democratic senator Fox's Chris Wallace, Katie Pavlich spar on impeachment: 'Get your facts straight' 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.”