But Florida's Republican lawmakers are largely praising Trump for the strike.
Congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted that Trump "correctly responded" to violence and ongoing threats after showing "admirable restraint."
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast — an Army veteran who represents part of Palm Beach County — tweeted a meme from the '80s TV series A-Team at Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran:
The President correctly *responded* to violence & ongoing threats against US personnel after repeated warnings and admirable restraint.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 3, 2020
He did *not* start a regime change war.
Soleimani was trying to escalate violence & draw us into war. https://t.co/9Mv1s37BDz
In a statement, Sen. Rick Scott called Suleimani "one of the world's worst monsters" and blasted "Democrats' preferred strategy with Iran... [of] asking them nicely to stop killing Americans."
"We should all be concerned about the potential for retaliatory strikes and escalating tensions with Iran," Scott wrote. "No one wants more war... But for today, let us remember the lives that were lost at the hands of this ghoul and the justice that was served."
Sen. Marco Rubio, for his part, has been tweeting about Iran pretty much every hour on the hour for the past 15 hours. He says he doesn't want a war but then posts tweets such as the following:
And Rubio purports to know a lot about what Suleimani was up to before he was killed:
I don’t want & have not pushed for war with #Iran— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 3, 2020
But when an adversary decides to use force to attack our Armed Forces @potus has an affirmative duty to defend against & if possible prevent such attacks.
The drone strike this morning follows a New Year's Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
4. At the direction of #Iran’s Supreme Leader,Soleimani was plotting a coup in #Iraq. He was corrupting/threatening politicians, exploiting Iraq’s resources & bringing a large military force loyal to him,in an effort to make Iraq a platform to attack the U.S. & our allies 2/2— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 3, 2020
The Pentagon says the strike was "aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans," while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN the strike disrupted "an imminent attack" Suleimani was "actively plotting" that would have killed Americans in the Middle East.
Suleimani, the former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, was reportedly viewed as a national hero and martyr in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, especially for his role fighting ISIS. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised "severe revenge" for Suleimani's killing, and the country's foreign minister called the assassination an "act of international terrorism."