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Local Lawmakers React To Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s Death

Florida lawmakers are weighing in on the growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran after the death of General Qassem Soleimani.

Central Florida Congressman Michael Waltz said the Trump administration’s drone strike on Soleimani was justified. He said it would have been irresponsible for the U.S. not to taken action against Soleimani, deemed a terrorist by the U.S. government.

Waltz, a Republican from Daytona Beach, serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He said Soleimani was an enemy combatant who had killed U.S. military members.

“It really befuddles me, this notion that this was illegal or an assassination or the equivalent of a foreign power killing our secretary of state,” Waltz said.

Florida Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat, has family in Iran. She said Soleimani’s death has stoked nationalism in Iran and strengthened the regime.

“Everyone is scared,” Eskamani said. “Everyone is scared about the potential of war. Especially young Iranians. Young Iranians want to have a democracy, they want to see a government that is representative of them, and they want to see a relationship with the United States. They want to see the ability to travel to this country, to go to our universities.”

She said she’s not sure what the reaction will be when Florida lawmakers convene.

“We’ve seen resolutions in the past. I haven’t heard of anything like that moving forward. I have heard from members of Congress in Florida of a desire not to go to war. That gives me hope of those same demands being made to the President of the United States.

Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings, a Democrat, says Americans need, “real answers and verifiable justifications,” for the attack.

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