U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
January 3, 2020
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to discuss President Trump’s recent decision to take defensive action to eliminate Qassem Soleimani in response to imminent threats to American lives. The Secretary thanked Maas for Germany’s recent statements expressing concern over the Iranian regime’s continued military provocations and made clear that the United States remains committed to de-escalation.