Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
clashed with NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell at a Tuesday press briefing over President Trump
's threats to attack cultural sites in Iran.
Trump over the weekend said the U.S. was prepared to hit cultural sites in Iran if Tehran strikes American personnel or sites in response to the targeted killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
Legal experts have said hitting cultural sites would amount to a war crime and Defense Secretary Mark Esper
on Monday indicated such actions were not on the table, telling reporters that the Pentagon would “follow the laws of armed conflict.”
Mitchell questioned whether Pompeo would also push back on the president’s directive.
“You’re not really wondering, Andrea, you’re not really wondering,” Pompeo snapped back, saying that military action plans are legally vetted before being presented to the president and insisting there was no daylight between him and Trump.
“I was unambiguous on Sunday,” the secretary continued, “It is completely consistent with what the president has said, every action we take will be consistent with international law and the American people can rest assured that that’s the case.”