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

Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Biden rolls out national security team Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks 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 TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE provided more detail in an interview with Fox News's Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Fox's Laura Ingraham says Biden will be inaugurated: 'This constitutes living in reality' The evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump 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.”