US. officials would only order diplomats to leave the US Embassy in Iraq "if there had been an imminent threat," Senate Commissioner Joni Ernst announced.
On Wednesday, the state department ordered all non-emergency personnel at the embassy and consulate to leave the country in connection with rising tensions between the US and Iran.
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The order comes in the middle of a standoff between the US and Iran, which recently threatened to pull out of the nuclear contract and resume higher enrichment of uranium if no new agreement introduced.
"The dynamics are changing, Harris," Ernst, R-Iowa, told "Outnumbered Overtime" hosted by Harris Faulkner on Wednesday. "And we know they would only evacuate the non-essential embassy staff if there had been an imminent threat. We see this as very real. Our staff is always awake."
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Ernst, who served several months in Kuwait during the Iraq war, said America must "stand firm" against all possible threats.
"We must not be threatened by Iran. Again, the United States will stand firm," she said.
Faulkner mentioned a clip that she previously sent to the Senate Committee Committee member Robert Menendez, DN.J., who said the United States "does not need another moment" Iraq-weapons-of-mass destruction ", where we falsely led to a military engagement in Iraq. "
" I would push it, "Ernst replied. "Again, we simply stand firm and where we are."
"[T] here is something that is happening on behalf of the Iranians or other probable actors, so it is important that we are firm as the United States, to defend our men and women on earth," she said.
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Ernst agreed with another democrat, then Chris Coons of Delaware, who said the US Senate "needs a briefing" on all relevant intel.
"I believe in such situations it is very important to we are informed by the administration, "she said.
Fox News Brie Stimson contributed to this report.