The Takeaway: Thankfully, everyone had their eye on the ball when it came to the important facts of this particular story.
Aftermath of the Death of Qasem Soleimani
What Happened: After the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US air strike two weeks ago, many anxiously awaited Iran’s response. It wasn’t as dramatic as some feared.
What Really Happened: The first week of the new year ended with the shocking news that the US had killed Qasem Soleimani, a high-ranking commander in the Iranian military. The killing provoked concern about an escalation in violence, abuse of presidential power and, of course, widespread mourning inside Iran. What there wasn’t, at least in the first few days after the killing, was an Iranian military response.
That arrived on Tuesday.
As preliminary reports started to come in, there was a lot of misinformation and, ahem, fake news being shared, with a noticeable lack of updates from US authorities, much to the frustration of those wanting to know what was actually going on.
There might've been a reason for that.
But President Trump eventually did share some updates.
In the immediate wake of the missile strikes, Iran’s foreign minister took to Twitter to comment on what was happening.
He wasn’t alone in speaking out about what was unfolding, as multiple Iranian figures were giving statements about what could possibly lie ahead.
In the face of all of this, President Trump held a press conference the next day to address the nation.
That evening, the world got to see just how accurate the president’s comments abut Iran “standing down” actually were.
Meanwhile, an Iranian commander has been talking about what else might be coming, while US politicians are complaining about the lack of information they’re receiving. In other words, 2020 is off to a rough start.