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Sunday show preview: Pompeo seeks to sell Trump’s Iran strike

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make the rounds on this week’s Sunday talk shows as he continues to defend President Trump’s decision to kill top Iranian military official Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

The Pentagon said this week that a U.S. strike had killed Soleimani, and Pompeo has said the attack was carried out in response to “imminent threats on American lives.”

This weekend, he’s expected to appear on multiple major talk shows including ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,”CBS’s “Face the Nation,” CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday,” according to The Associated Press. 

Pompeo this week defended the strike in a CNN interview, saying that Soleimani “was actively plotting in the region to take actions … that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk.”

Several Democrats are also slated to appear in interviews on Sunday and may criticize the move. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will appear on ABC, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will appear on NBC, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will appear on CBS and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will appear on Fox. 

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Pete Buttigieg will appear on CNN and Warren will also appear on NBC.

Impeachment is also likely to be a topic of discussion on Sunday amid weeks of stalemate between the Democrat-led House and Republican-led Senate. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has declined to turn the House-passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate, citing concerns about comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that he would not be impartial during an impeachment trial. 

McConnell this week criticized Democrats as having “cold feet.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), key impeachment figures and the top Republicans on the Senate and House Judiciary committees respectively, will appear on FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will appear on CNN. 

The full Sunday lineup is below:

ABC’s “This Week” — Pompeo, Schumer,

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Pompeo; Warren, Warner, 

CBS’s “Face the Nation” — Pompeo, Murphy, D-Conn., Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Pompeo, Warren, Buttigieg, Schiff,

“Fox News Sunday” — Pompeo; Van Hollen

FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” – Pompeo, assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing policy Peter Navarro, Graham, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Collins.

Tags Adam Schiff Chris Murphy Chris Van Hollen Chuck Schumer Donald Trump Doug Collins Elizabeth Warren John Ratcliffe Lindsey Graham Marco Rubio Mark Warner Mike Pompeo Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi Pete Buttigieg Sunday talk shows

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