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Doggett Reacts to Trump Assassination Order

January 3, 2020

***Press Release***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 3, 2020

Contact: Michael Ahn

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Doggett Reacts to Trump Assassination Order

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a vocal opponent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, released the following statement:

“While Soleimani was undoubtedly evil, our foreign policy must focus on protecting Americans. Trump, who claims to know more than our generals, the intelligence community, and our foreign service officers, now risks endless escalation from an aggressive and malicious adversary.  Through many years of disastrous conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan—so costly in both blood and dollars, we surely know wars are easier to get into than to get out of.  To avoid war, both Presidents Bush and Obama rejected assassination of this detested figure, which may well violate President Ronald Reagan’s anti-assassination Executive Order. At the very time when more Iraqis have been protesting Iranian influence, Trump’s actions strengthen anti-American forces and Iranian zealots.  His recklessness has little to do with protecting Americans and everything to do with protecting Trump, the Master of Distraction. To avoid the loss of even more lives through endless escalation, we must find a better path forward.”

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