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Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled White House national security adviser  Robert O’B…

Fox Newss Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallacePete Buttigieg to appear in Fox News town hallPompeo defends Soleimani strike as critics question intel, timingSenate Democrat: ‘We learned the hard way in the Iraq War’ that administrations can ‘manipulate’ intelMORE on Sunday grilled White House national security adviser  Robert OBrien on President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS troops knew about attack on al-Asad airbase, were able to take shelter: reportDemocrats expand ground game to woo Latinos in NevadaTrump tweets message of support to Iranian protesters: ‘Your courage is inspiring’MOREs claims that the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to avert an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies, which lawmakers say was never mentioned in a briefing by representatives of the Trump administration.
It does seem to be a contradiction; hes telling Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamFive lingering questions as impeachment heads to SenateAmash accuses Trump of selling military support to Saudi ArabiaTrump indicates he’d block Bolton’s testimony ‘for the sake of the office’MORE [of imminent attacks] but in a 75-minute classified briefing, your top national security people never mentioned this to members of Congress, why not? Wallace asked OBrien on Fox News Sunday.
I wasnt at the briefing and I dont know how the Q&A went back and forth, sometimes it depends on how the questions are asked and how they were phrased, OBrien said.
Its always difficult, even with the exquisite intelligence that we have, to know exactly what the targets are but its certainly consistent with the intelligence to assume that they would have hit embassies in at least four countries, he added.
Wallace also asked OBrien if Iranian actions in recent months had raised any doubts about the effectiveness of the administrations maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.
I think the maximum pressure campaign has working, its been demonstrable that its working, the Iranian economy is contracting by at least 10 percent, we havent seen that with a modern economy in many, many years, OBrien responded.
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Iran is being choked off, Iran is going to have no choice but to come to the table.
Wallace also questioned OBrien on Trumps claims that Congresss Gang of 8 was not briefed before the killing of Soleimani because House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Lawmakers mull Trump’s war power, next steps with IranPelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next weekTrump signals White House would try to restrict Bolton testimonyMORE (D-Calif.) would have leaked it to the media, asking him if there had ever been a case of congressional Democrats leaking sensitive national security information to the press.
OBrien declined to give any such examples, instead citing former President Obamas lack of briefing ahead of the killings of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.