Nikki Haley suggested on Tuesday morning that the United States should “go after” Iranian military leaders in response to the drone attack by an Iran-backed militia that killed three American service members.
“Go after the launch sites where they’re doing it, and then go after the leadership,” she said in an interview on “CBS Mornings,” after making similar comments on Monday.
“This is surgical,” she said, adding, “You take one or two of them out, and that’s what you do.”
A spokeswoman for Ms. Haley’s campaign said the candidate was referring specifically to the leaders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian military.
When one of the CBS hosts, Tony Dokoupil, noted that Iranian leadership is based in Tehran and asked if Ms. Haley was suggesting “a strike inside Iran,” she replied, citing the Trump administration’s killing of the Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani in 2020: “When we assassinated Suleimani, he wasn’t in Iran. They move around.”