Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a conservative Republican, just spoke out against a meeting that took place betwee him, a number of Senators, and Trump administration officials, regarding the president’s decision to assassinate a key military figure in Iran.
Lee was not happy with the outcome of that meeting, primarily because the officials made it clear to him that any questions regarding the situation would be viewed as emboldening Tehran in the long run.
“I still haven’t had questions answered that, I came into that briefing expecting to ask. They left after 75 minutes,” Lee explained to reporters.
He went onto complain about how offended he felt about the matter:
“I understand these are busy people, they’ve got a lot of demands of their time. They’re appearing before a [coequal] branch of government responsible for their funding, for their confirmation, for any approval of any military action they might undertake.”
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“They had to leave after 75 minutes while they’re in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along, and not debate this in public. I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable,” Lee added.
Lee expressed dismay at not getting any details about Trump’s decision. “Every time we got close [to an answer], they’d say, ‘well, we can’t discuss that here because it’s really sensitive,'” Lee said.
It didn’t matter to the administration the location of the meeting, either. “We’re in a secure, underground bunker, where all of our electronic devices have to be checked at the door, and they still refuse to tell us. I find that really upsetting,” Lee explained.
According to Raw Story, Lee called the meeting “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I’ve served on the United States Senate.”
“What I found so distressing about the briefing is one of the messages we received from the briefers was do not discuss, do not debate the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran and if do, you’ll be emboldening Iran,” he added.