LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Several Kentucky political leaders took to social media Tuesday night following retaliatory strikes by Iran.
Iran launched more than 12 ballistic missiles on at least two Iraqi military bases early Wednesday morning in Iraq in response to the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military general Qassim Soleimani. The attack happened hours after Soleimani's funeral.
News of the attacks rang in around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the U.S., and then the posts from Kentucky lawmakers began with concerns and some challenges for President Donald Trump.
The first came from former governor and Army veteran Matt Bevin:
🇺🇸May God bless America and May God bless our troops around the world...🇺🇸 https://t.co/Odp0wSPgAd— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) January 7, 2020
The next, from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul:
In the meantime, the Administration needs to bring any discussion of war with Iran to the American people and their representatives in Congress, as the Constitution requires.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 8, 2020
Then Charles Booker, state representative for the 43rd District and Democratic candidate for Senate, posted:
Praying for our service members and coalition forces, and lifting up their loved ones during this harrowing time.— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) January 8, 2020
Later in the evening candidate for Senate and retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath responded:
Erik and I continue to watch the new tonight. Hoping that all personnel at Al Asad and the other bases in Iraq are safe after the attacks. I fear this is an escalation that did not need to happen.— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) January 8, 2020