"We had specific information on an imminent threat, and those threats. included attacks on USA embassies".
Both Pompeo and Trump had said U.S. embassies were threatened.
He was also asked about the contradiction between the administration's insistence that intelligence should be trusted and the myriad attacks Trump has launched against members of the intelligence community who investigated him in conjunction with former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
He said the USA had "specific information" on threatened attacks "against American facilities, including American embassies, military bases".
The United States launched an economic counterattack Friday in its high-stakes standoff with Iran - a modest response likely owing to the lack of American casualties in Iranian missile strikes and the crash of an airliner allegedly shot down outside Tehran, but yet another wedge in the relationship between the West and a global pariah known for harbouring unsafe ambitions.
But Democrats, and some Republicans, have expressed deep skepticism about the administration's rationale for Soleimani's killing, and are demanding Congress reassert its power over a commander in chief's use of American military might against another nation.
"We stopped him, we stopped him quickly and we stopped him cold".
Less than 24 hours before the presentation of the resolution in the House of Representatives, the administration gave an intelligence briefing to the Senate as well.
Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy blasted Pelosi's effort as a "show vote" because it can not become law and will therefore "never limit (Trump's) constitutional authority to defend the American people".
'So is it true?
"We don't know exactly which day it would've been executed but it was very clear". Not up to me, it " s totally up to them", the US President said.
'And when you lie all the time, the problem is sometimes maybe you're telling the truth and people are not going to believe you, ' he said.
The attack led to a media frenzy and social media speculation that the world would spiral into World War III as tensions continued to rise.
Trump's critics also rejected the administration's legal justification for failing to notify Congress about the strike against Soleimani.
"And yet now I see the radical left Democrats have expressed outrage over the termination of this terrible terrorist". And you know what?
Some 52 percent of respondents claim the attack made it more likely that Iran would proceed to develop nuclear weapons.