Fox News personalities Geraldo Rivera and Brian Kilmeade clashed in a heated discussion on the airstrike ordered by President Trump that killed an Iranian military leader.
Rivera criticized the administration’s move, and disagreed with Kilmeade, during a discussion on “Fox & Friends” Friday following the deadly airstrike and argued that it would be sure to raise tensions between the U.S. and Iran and make war more likely, not less.
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“I fear the worst,” Rivera said Friday.
He unloaded on the Trump-ordered airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad just days after New Year’s attacks on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad.
“When the de-escalation at the embassy happened a couple of days ago, that was the end of this chapter,” Rivera continued.
“The United States, with its firmness had won the victory…now we have taken this huge military escalation,” he added. “You’re going to see the U.S. markets go crazy today. You’re going to see the price of oil spiking today. This is a very, very big deal.”
Kilmeade noted that the strike was a proactive measure as it was “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” according to a statement from the Pentagon.
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“This isn’t about his resumé of blood and death, it is about what was next,” Kilmeade said, referring to the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force who was reportedly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S troops and was, according to the Pentagon, “actively developing plans to attack” Americans.
“We stopped the next attack. That’s what I think you’re missing,” Kilmeade told Rivera.
“By what credible source can you predict what the next Iranian move would be?” Rivera shot back.
“The Secretary of State and American intelligence provided that material,” Kilmeade replied.
Rivera sarcastically mocked the credibility of American intelligence, citing the 2003 invasion of Iraq which he claimed “disrupted the entire region for no real reason.”
“Don’t for a minute start cheering this on,” Rivera warned Kilmeade. “What you have done, what we have done, we have unleashed —”
“I will cheer it on,” Kilmeade interjected. “I am elated.”
“Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn’t like!” Geraldo retorted, referring to the South Carolina Republican senator who said after the airstrike that “the price of killing and injuring Americans has just gone up drastically.”
“That is not true,” Kilmeade shot back at Rivera. “And don’t even say that!”
Rivera continued to argue that if Trump wanted to de-escalate tensions in the region and bring U.S. troops home, this was the wrong move to accomplish his goals. But Kilmeade challenged his Fox News colleague.
“What about the 700 Americans that are dead – should they not be happy?” he asked as Rivera railed against why the U.S. is even in Iraq to begin with, blaming former President George W. Bush.
In another exchange during the heated segment, Kilmeade accused Rivera of making excuses for Iran.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt spoke up to confront Rivera with an impassioned resolve on the attack and death of the Iranian general.
“I have one daughter,” she said interrupting the war of words between her colleagues. “If she’s fighting for our country and we just prevented her death, because we know this guy is about to attack my daughter – I’m glad he’s dead.”
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