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Sen. King: Killing Of Iraqi General Is Backfiring On Trump Administration

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says President Trump's decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani has already strengthened the Iranian regime."Two weeks ago there were protests against the regime, now there are protests against us, massive protests," King said Tuesday in an appearance on CNN. "They've given the regime an outside target to divert from their, sort of, internal problems of the economy. We've given ISIS a new foothold in Iraq, as we've already done in Syria. We've alienated our European allies."

King, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he expects to learn more at a briefing on the matter later Tuesday. 

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is expected to speak to reporters at the State Department later Tuesday on the Trump administration's rational for ordering the attack on the Iranian general.