Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of 'an act of war'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump lashes out at ‘squad’: ‘They hate Jewish people’ Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of ‘an act of war’ Iran just became Trump’s No. 1 foreign crisis of 2020 — but not the only one MORE (D-N.Y.) accused President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump asks New York judge to dismiss rape allegation case NYT to fight White House’s withholdment of emails about Ukraine aid freeze Gabbard blasts Iran strike: ‘Trump’s actions are an act of war’ MORE of an “act of war” following the Thursday airstrike in Iraq he ordered that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

“Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. 

Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people.

Now is the moment to prevent war & protect innocent people – the question for many is how, publicly & Congressionally:

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 3, 2020

The drone strike followed an assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday by supporters of an Iranian-backed militia, which itself followed reciprocal airstrikes by both sides over the weekend.

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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS officials, lawmakers warn of potential Iranian cyberattacks Trump says Iranian commander was killed to ‘stop a war’ Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump of ‘an act of war’ MORE has said that “de-escalation” is the goal of the U.S. and said the attack was carried out because of “imminent threats to American lives.”

Democrats, however, described the action as a “massive escalation” and said it could provoke “further dangerous escalation of violence.”

Iran has warned of “harsh retaliation” following the strike. 

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said Friday that about 3,000 U.S. troops will be deployed to the Middle East as tensions rise. 

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