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Trump Officials Had No Idea When Or Where ‘Imminent’ Iran Attacks Would Happen

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President Donald Trump’s administration justified its killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by saying he was plotting an “imminent” attack targeting Americans.

But officials have no idea when or where this supposed attack would take place. 

“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a Fox News interview that aired Thursday. “We don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”

National security adviser Robert O’Brien similarly had to admit during an interview on National Public Radio that aired Friday morning that he too didn’t know any more details about the alleged coming attacks. 

Q: Did you know the time and place of the attacks that were being planned?

O’BRIEN: We had very good intelligence that there was an imminent attack being planned.

Q: But time and place?

O’BRIEN: It was imminent. You know, you never know the time or place of these things with with perfect particularity. But we had very good information that there were imminent attacks planned against Americans in Iraq and potentially Syria. Both diplomats and soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. I’ve seen the intelligence and it was it was incredibly strong intelligence. There are a lot of people that want that intelligence released. You know, look, I wish we could, but at the same time, we don’t want to compromise sources and methods that allow us to protect Americans.

Pompeo insisted there was nothing weird about the fact that they didn’t have more specifics on the “imminent” attacks during a press briefing Friday morning. 

“We had specific information on an imminent threat and those threats included attacks on U.S. embassies. Period. Full stop,” Pompeo told reporters Friday morning.

He said there was nothing inconsistent between that statement and the fact that they didn’t know the time or the place of the attacks. 

“Don’t know exactly which minute, exactly which day it would have been executed but it was very clear, Qassem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests,” he said. “And it was imminent. Against American facilities throughout the region.”

Soleimani is not a new bad guy, and it was not the first time he was allegedly plotting attacks. The United States and its allies have considered killing him before but have chosen not to because of the risk of deadly escalation and retaliation. 

But the Trump administration not only decided to strike Soleimani, it did so without consulting Congress. On Thursday, top administration officials ― including Pompeo ― conducted a retroactive closed-door briefing for senators on the strike. 

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called it “probably the worst briefing, at least on a military issue” that he had seen in his nine years in the chamber. 

“One of the messages that we received from the briefers was: Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. And that if you do, you’ll be emboldening Iran,” he added.

Asked about Pompeo’s comments on MSNBC, both Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Friday that the administration shared no specific intelligence on threats to U.S. embassies with lawmakers during the briefing this week.

That also contradicts what Trump himself said at a rally Thursday in Toledo, Ohio, when he said Soleimani “was actively planning new attacks, and he was looking very seriously at our embassies ― and not just the embassy in Baghdad ― but we stopped him and we stopped him quickly, and we stopped him cold.”

With the administration struggling to explain how the Soleimani attacks were indeed “imminent,” there are indications that there were other reasons officials decided to take out the Iranian commander. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was feeling pressure to do something on Iran in order to appease trigger-happy GOP senators whose support he needed on impeachment. 

Igor Bobic contributed reporting. 

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EARLIER: Trump Officials Admit They’re Foggy On ‘Imminent’ Attack Threat

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President Donald Trump’s administration justified its killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by saying he was plotting an “imminent” attack targeting Americans.

But officials have no idea when or where this supposed attack would take place. 

“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a Fox News interview that aired Thursday. “We don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”

National security adviser Robert O’Brien similarly had to admit during an interview on National Public Radio that aired Friday morning that he too didn’t know any more details about the alleged coming attacks. 

Q: Did you know the time and place of the attacks that were being planned?

O’BRIEN: We had very good intelligence that there was an imminent attack being planned.

Q: But time and place?

O’BRIEN: It was imminent. You know, you never know the time or place of these things with with perfect particularity. But we had very good information that there were imminent attacks planned against Americans in Iraq and potentially Syria. Both diplomats and soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. I’ve seen the intelligence and it was it was incredibly strong intelligence. There are a lot of people that want that intelligence released. You know, look, I wish we could, but at the same time, we don’t want to compromise sources and methods that allow us to protect Americans.

Pompeo insisted there was nothing weird about the fact that they didn’t have more specifics on the “imminent” attacks during a press briefing Friday morning. 

“We had specific information on an imminent threat and those threats included attacks on U.S. embassies. Period. Full stop,” Pompeo told reporters Friday morning.

He said there was nothing inconsistent between that statement and the fact that they didn’t know the time or the place of the attacks. 

“Don’t know exactly which minute, exactly which day it would have been executed but it was very clear, Qassem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests,” he said. “And it was imminent. Against American facilities throughout the region.”

Soleimani is not a new bad guy, and it was not the first time he was allegedly plotting attacks. The United States and its allies have considered killing him before but have chosen not to because of the risk of deadly escalation and retaliation. 

But the Trump administration not only decided to strike Soleimani, it did so without consulting Congress. On Thursday, top administration officials ― including Pompeo ― conducted a retroactive closed-door briefing for senators on the strike. 

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called it “probably the worst briefing, at least on a military issue” that he had seen in his nine years in the chamber. 

“One of the messages that we received from the briefers was: Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. And that if you do, you’ll be emboldening Iran,” he added.

Asked about Pompeo’s comments on MSNBC, both Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Friday that the administration shared no specific intelligence on threats to U.S. embassies with lawmakers during the briefing this week.

That also contradicts what Trump himself said at a rally Thursday in Toledo, Ohio, when he said Soleimani “was actively planning new attacks, and he was looking very seriously at our embassies ― and not just the embassy in Baghdad ― but we stopped him and we stopped him quickly, and we stopped him cold.”

In an interview set to air Friday night on Fox News, Trump more specifically says it was four embassies.

“We we will tell you that it was probably going to be the embassy in Baghdad,” said Trump, lacking certainty. 

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) wasn’t convinced, tweeting that senators would’ve heard about this threat if it were true. 

With the administration struggling to explain how the Soleimani attacks were indeed “imminent,” there are indications that there were other reasons officials decided to take out the Iranian commander. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was feeling pressure to do something on Iran in order to appease trigger-happy GOP senators whose support he needed on impeachment. 

Igor Bobic contributed reporting. 

This piece was updated with additional information.

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Pelosi: House will move to transmit impeachment articles next week

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she will take steps next week to send impeachment articles to the Senate, after delaying the process since last month in a bid to extract favorable terms in a trial.

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in a letter to colleagues Friday.

While her delay tactics had started to generate criticism and impatience from fellow Democrats in recent days, Pelosi defended her approach in the memo.

“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” she wrote.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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Gal Gadot Reveals Her Top Wellness Tips And What To Expect From ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Gal Gadot plays a superhero on the big screen, but behind the scenes the actor and mother of two has a host of rituals to get ready for that kind of role, as well a routine to take care of her mind and body on a daily basis. 

This spring, fans can catch Gadot in “Wonder Woman 1984,” the sequel to the 2017 hit film that garnered box office and critical success. You’ll also start seeing a lot more of Gadot, even before the movie lands in theaters on June 5, as she officially became the new marketing face of Coca-Cola’s bottled water brand Smartwater this week. 

HuffPost met Gadot to chat about her wellness routine, “Wonder Woman 1984” and the importance of female directors.

There are so many things that you could do for wellness. What’s your personal holistic approach to wellness? 

Do you have enough time?

Yeah, exactly, I hear you!

I think that staying hydrated is a big thing. And especially for me when I travel all the time, this is something that always makes me feel energized and good. Now, as a philosophy of life that I have is, we live in such a modern, hectic, busy, pressured lives; and something that is really big for me is balance and finding the balance in everything that we do and finding ways to really charge ourselves both physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

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David M. Benett via Getty Images Gadot married Yaron Varsano in 2008. They have two daughters together. 

When it comes to my body, I make sure I drink water. I make sure I work out. I make sure whatever I consume as much as I can is healthy and good for me. I try to meditate as much as I can and this is something that I try to teach my little girls how to do. And then, it’s just finding balance between being a mother who works … It’s like an endless struggle of trying, between the children’s schedules to your schedule, to your husband’s schedule to life. I really, really try to make time for family, make time for myself and really be mindful of that ― of balancing all the different aspects of life. And it is a constant thing ’cause it always changes … And also understanding that as long as we’re doing our best, that’s all we can do … and let go, when it’s time. 

I’m curious, have you connected with Jennifer Aniston, who previously teamed with Smartwater? 

My God, I wish. I love Jennifer Aniston. She’s one of my favorite actresses, and I adore her and admire her work. And I’m very happy to be partnering with Smartwater just like she did.

I get that. You mentioned your daughters earlier. What do you want to instill in them just beyond wellness? 

I want them to be kind. I want them to be good to themselves. I want them to feel like they have limitless opportunities and that they should celebrate who they are. And also, I feel like we’re being sucked into a very, very demanding world; so again, find the balances. Do what’s good for you, and I hope they will.

I mean, that’s all you can do, right?

Yeah, exactly. Hope.

We’re talking about wellness and staying healthy. What do you do to prepare for a role like Wonder Woman?

It’s months of training and being on a special diet. And of course, at all times drinking lots of water, because especially when you’re training it’s a must for the muscles as well. We do a lot of gym strengthening work and a lot of stunt and choreography workouts. And I incorporated some Pilates into the last movie because I was like, “I need to do something that is good for me and not just compress the body,” so we do Pilates as well. And yeah, it’s very intensive. But I must say that after a couple of months of being very exhausted doing it every day, you really get into it and you’ll be amazed by what your body can do.

Because you do a lot of your own stunts, right?

Yeah, and I have two stunt girls who I love and are amazing and they should have their credits as well, but I do most of it. On this movie, we made sure that unlike many superhero films when you do it mostly green screen, we made sure to shoot as much as we can for real and on location. And it’s been very complicated and very lengthy and demanding, but it was so worth it.

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Warner Bros/DC Entertainment Gadot will return in the “Wonder Woman” sequel, directed by Patty Jenkins and co-starring Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Kristen Wiig.

“Wonder Woman” comes out later this year. If you had to tease what people can expect, what would you say without saying too much, of course?

Well, it’s a whole new journey of Wonder Woman on this film. And I hope and think that it’s going to have a profound effect on people because the movie is very universal. And other than the fact that it is packed with action and love story and new villains and the story is so great, I think there’s an under-layer that’s going to speak to each and every one of us.

“Wonder Woman” was directed by a woman, starring a woman. But here we are a couple of years later in the midst of awards season and no women were nominated in the director category at the Golden Globes, for instance. As owner of your own production company, what do you think about that? 

I think everyone is talking about women empowerment and feminism; and obviously, granted by just the plain facts that you just mentioned, we’re not there yet. There’s still a long way to go. I think there are some fabulous, super talented female filmmakers that deserve to be recognized. And I can only hope, and do the work on my end as far as I can with my production companies and as a producer on “Wonder Woman” and other films and TV shows, that it’ll change. We’re just at the beginning of a trend.

This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.

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Trump Officials Had No Idea When Or Where ‘Imminent’ Iran Attacks Would Happen

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President Donald Trump’s administration justified its killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by saying he was plotting an “imminent” attack targeting Americans.

But officials have no idea when or where this supposed attack would take place. 

“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a Fox News interview that aired Thursday. “We don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”

National security adviser Robert O’Brien similarly had to admit during an interview on National Public Radio that aired Friday morning that he too didn’t know any more details about the alleged coming attacks. 

Q: Did you know the time and place of the attacks that were being planned?

O’BRIEN: We had very good intelligence that there was an imminent attack being planned.

Q: But time and place?

O’BRIEN: It was imminent. You know, you never know the time or place of these things with with perfect particularity. But we had very good information that there were imminent attacks planned against Americans in Iraq and potentially Syria. Both diplomats and soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines. I’ve seen the intelligence and it was it was incredibly strong intelligence. There are a lot of people that want that intelligence released. You know, look, I wish we could, but at the same time, we don’t want to compromise sources and methods that allow us to protect Americans.

Pompeo insisted there was nothing weird about the fact that they didn’t have more specifics on the “imminent” attacks during a press briefing Friday morning. 

“We had specific information on an imminent threat and those threats included attacks on U.S. embassies. Period. Full stop,” Pompeo told reporters Friday morning.

He said there was nothing inconsistent between that statement and the fact that they didn’t know the time or the place of the attacks. 

“Don’t know exactly which minute, exactly which day it would have been executed but it was very clear, Qassem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests,” he said. “And it was imminent. Against American facilities throughout the region.”

Soleimani is not a new bad guy, and it was not the first time he was allegedly plotting attacks. The United States and its allies have considered killing him before but have chosen not to because of the risk of deadly escalation and retaliation. 

But the Trump administration not only decided to strike Soleimani, it did so without consulting Congress. On Thursday, top administration officials ― including Pompeo ― conducted a retroactive closed-door briefing for senators on the strike. 

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called it “probably the worst briefing, at least on a military issue” that he had seen in his nine years in the chamber. 

“One of the messages that we received from the briefers was: Do not debate, do not discuss the issue of appropriateness of further military intervention against Iran. And that if you do, you’ll be emboldening Iran,” he added.

Asked about Pompeo’s comments on MSNBC, both Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Friday that the administration shared no specific intelligence on threats to U.S. embassies with lawmakers during the briefing this week.

That also contradicts what Trump himself said at a rally Thursday in Toledo, Ohio, when he said Soleimani “was actively planning new attacks, and he was looking very seriously at our embassies ― and not just the embassy in Baghdad ― but we stopped him and we stopped him quickly, and we stopped him cold.”

With the administration struggling to explain how the Soleimani attacks were indeed “imminent,” there are indications that there were other reasons officials decided to take out the Iranian commander. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump was feeling pressure to do something on Iran in order to appease trigger-happy GOP senators whose support he needed on impeachment. 

Igor Bobic contributed reporting. 

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Patriots OC McDaniels meets with Browns about coaching gig

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is again interviewing to become coach of the Cleveland Browns, his third go-around with the team he grew up watching as a kid.

McDaniels was a candidate for Cleveland’s job in 2009 when it went to Eric Mangini and again in 2014, when he pulled himself from consideration.

The 43-year-old McDaniels might be ready to leave the comforts of New England, where he’s won Super Bowl titles on Bill Belichik’s staff while working alongside superstar quarterback Tom Brady.

McDaniels is the eighth candidate to meet with owner Jimmy Haslam and his search committee, who have no other scheduled interviews at this point and could be nearing a decision.

Because of his major past success, McDaniels’ meeting could be as much about him seeing if the Browns, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, are a fit for him.

McDaniels is from Canton, Ohio, and he went to college at John Carroll in suburban Cleveland.

The Browns interviewed Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Thursday. He was a finalist for the job a year ago.

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White House Puts More Sanctions On Iran

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday’s missile strike, which came in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a senior Iranian general in a drone strike.

Mnuchin said President Donald Trump will issue an executive order imposing sanctions on anyone involved in the Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing or mining sectors. They will also impose separate sanctions against the steel and iron sectors.

“As a result of these actions we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime,” the treasury secretary said.

The administration has already reinstated all the U.S. sanctions that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal, which has caused significant economic hardship in Iran and cut its oil exports to historic lows.

Iran this week launched the strikes in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the country’s most powerful commander, in Baghdad last week.

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How the Public Feels About Trump’s Iran Strategy

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As a presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump pledged that he would maintain the United States’ leverage abroad by committing to an approach of “unpredictability.”

As president, he has been nothing if not unpredictable.

Never was this more clear than last week, when Mr. Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the powerful Iranian commander and one of that country’s most important figures. The move left even many of the president’s own advisers stunned, escalated tensions between the two countries and seemed to raise the possibility of outright war — though a broader conflict appears to have been averted for the time being.

No major polls on the topic have been conducted since General Suleimani’s killing, but a look at the public opinion data that’s available suggests that Americans are eager to avoid further conflict in the Middle East. And even before the most recent confrontation, Mr. Trump’s appreciation for entropy had done little to reassure them.

A University of Maryland poll in September found that, by a 35-point margin, Americans thought the odds of the United States going to war with Iran had gone up in the three years since Mr. Trump’s election. Americans across party lines did not think a war with Iran would be warranted, according to the poll.

In a Gallup poll last summer, 65 percent of Americans said they were concerned that the United States might be too hasty in using military force to confront Iran. By a gaping 60-point margin, respondents were more likely to say they would prefer the United States take a diplomatic approach to discouraging Iranian nuclearization, rather than a military one.

“The public is and has long said that diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace,” Jocelyn Kiley, an analyst at Pew Research Center, said in an interview. “That really hasn’t fundamentally changed over the past 25 years or so.” In a September Pew survey, close to three quarters of Americans said diplomacy is generally a surer way to guarantee peace than displaying military strength.

While he has expressed support for extricating American troops from the Middle East — vowing to stop endless wars — Mr. Trump has made it clear that he prefers to use military might, rather than cooperation with traditional allies, to gain the upper hand. “By removing Suleimani,” he declared in a speech at the White House on Wednesday, “we have sent a powerful message to terrorists: If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people.”

In those remarks, Mr. Trump urged America’s allies to step away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal that former President Barack Obama brokered in 2015 to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. Mr. Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018, although it was broadly popular: A CNN poll then found that 63 percent of Americans said the United States should stick with the pact, while just 29 percent wanted to abandon it — results that align with the public’s overall preference for diplomacy.

The president’s own party was the outlier: A slim majority of Republicans wanted to quit the deal — which is closely associated with Mr. Obama’s legacy.

All of the leading Democratic presidential candidates have said they would seek to restore it.

Whatever their feelings on diplomacy, most Americans share a generalized anxiety about Mr. Trump’s approach to steering the country. A Pew poll this summer found that 56 percent of respondents were skeptical about his ability to handle the situation with Iran, and roughly the same amount said they were not confident in his overall ability to use military force wisely.

The public’s aversion to a possible war with Iran cannot be separated from the country’s growing fatigue over the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roughly three in five respondents to a Pew poll last spring said that the wars in both of those countries had not been worth fighting.

“When it comes to the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, we saw majority support at the outset, and a decline in support over time,” Ms. Kiley said.

The administration has offered nonspecific and conflicting rationales for Mr. Trump’s decision to kill General Suleimani, but in his remarks on Wednesday he linked it to preventing Iran from developing a nuclear arsenal, and also accused Iran’s leaders of sponsoring terrorism. He argued that the strike on General Suleimani was warranted in order to protect America from future attacks.

Polls suggest these could be winning arguments.

Pew data collected in 2018 show that a wide majority of Americans — 72 percent — think that protecting the country from terrorism should be a top foreign-policy priority, and about two-thirds said the same thing about preventing the development of major warheads abroad.

And while Americans generally favor diplomacy over force, three in five registered voters nationwide said in a Fox News poll this summer that they would support taking military action if it was needed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

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‘Extremely intoxicated’ man claims cheeseburger was stolen from hotel nightstand, calls police

A hamburgler is on the loose in Arkansas — and they’re apparently targeting very drunk motel guests.

Keegan Byars was staying at The Troutt Motel in Benton last week when he claims he went to bed with one burger and woke up with none. A mystery that prompted him to call the Benton Police Department and report the stolen meal.

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Keegan Byars was staying at The Troutt Motel in Benton last week when he claims he went to bed with one cheeseburger and woke up with none. (iStock)

Byars told police he purchased two cheeseburgers at a gas station close to the motel, the Benton Courier reported. He ate one and then placed the other on the bedside table in the motel before falling asleep.

However, when the man woke up hours later, he claims his sandwich was gone. A fact that surprised the person he was sharing a room with just as much as they claimed to not have eaten the sandwich, either.

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The police responded to the incident and took a report, upon which they noticed Byars was “extremely intoxicated.”

The police report did not disclose whether or not the department is still investigating the case.

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