Congressman Katko released the following statement in response to Dana Balter’s and Francis Conole’s statements on the killing of Qasem Soleimani:
“Like most independent military leaders, I fundamentally disagree with Dana Balter and Francis Conole. President Trump made a difficult decision quickly, and our men and women in uniform executed a warranted strike against a terrorist who was sent to Iraq to attack US interests. The world is a safer place without him.
“What’s troubling is how swift the extreme elements of the Democratic party can be when they spot an opportunity to divide Americans. Presidents of both parties often act without a full understanding of the consequences in order to bring enemies of the United States to justice. Violating Pakistani sovereignty and taking out Bin Laden carried enormous risk. The execution of Anwar al-Awlaki, a terrorist, and U.S. citizen, was also an unprecedented choice. In these cases, both parties rallied around President Obama to show support for the Commander-In-chief at a time of war.
“Conole’s statement shows the type of candidate he will be. He agrees with the result of the strike, but will find any opportunity to criticize the President. This is a far cry from the candidate who pledged to work across the aisle and show independence from Party.”