Trump met his War Powers Act obligations, White House says

The national security adviser said the administration would “certainly” go to Congress if they expect a longer conflict.

The president offered more details about the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Friday, mentioning possible threats to four unnamed U.S. embassies. But members of Congress say imminent threats to U.S. embassies weren’t mentioned at all at a 75-minute briefing on Capitol Hill, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace pointed out.

The Trump administration has been “clear from the start,” O’Brien replied. “President Obama did not brief the congressional leadership before the sensitive raid on Osama bin Laden,” O’Brien said, calling it “standard procedure” to retain the information. “

“As soon as Soleimani was taken off the battlefield, the ‘Gang of Eight’ [of congressional leaders] was notified. The Intelligence Committees and key leaders of Congress were notified,” O’Brien said.

He also defended the congressional briefing, saying he wasn’t there but that sometimes the information mentioned at such meetings depends on what questions are asked.