Administration Officials Arrive to Brief Congress on Iran Situation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley arrive at Capitol Hill, Wednesday, January 8, to brief lawmakers on recent developments regarding Iran. The closed-door briefing comes after U.S. President Donald Trump assured U.S. citizens that Iran appeared to be “standing down,” during a televised address to the nation.
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READ MORE: President Donald Trump said, Wednesday, January 8, there were no casualties and only minimal damage sustained after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting two Iraqi air bases that house U.S. troops.

“Iran appears to be standing down,” Trump said in address to the nation Wednesday from the White House. “No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well”

The missiles were fired early Wednesday following threats by Iranian leaders of retaliation against the United States for a U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander.

Trump said Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani “was responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities.”