“The President never said there was specific intelligence to four different embassies,” Esper told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” But Esper said he shared the President’s belief that the embassies were threatened by Qasem Soleimani.
"What the President said with regard to the four embassies is what I believe as well. He said that he believed that they probably, that they could have been targeting the embassies in the region,"Esper said.
In a separate interview that aired Sunday morning, Esper said he “didn’t see” a specific threat against four embassies in the intelligence.
“I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” he told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.”
This is getting bizarre. Is this just a comms problem where people in the WH aren’t on the same page re: the facts, or have the facts been distorted?
It’s genuinely hard to believe the US Secrety of Defence wasn’t in the loop on the intelligence briefings.