"If America is attacked, America needs to be united in responding to protect American interests," Pompeo told Salem radio host Hugh Hewitt before the briefing. "My expectation is that every member of Congress will join in our effort not only to deter Iran from taking action against American interests in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, but be very supportive of this administration when we take acts that are consistent with protecting Americans wherever they’re serving."
The briefing came after Iran moved missiles onto ships in the Persian Gulf, aiming them at U.S. interests in the region. Last week, Pompeo ordered all non-essential staff based at the U.S Embassy in Baghdad to leave Iraq. On Sunday, an explosion took place near the embassy in the Green Zone.