CNN host Erin Burnett claimed that anti-American protesters in Iran who chant “death to America” were very friendly people.

This comment comes just days after Iran fired missiles at U.S. troops in Iraq.

“Well, I will say, I was in Tehran when they were chanting ‘death to America’ once,” Burnett said. “I was at a rally, the people couldn’t have been more friendly to me personally as an American.”

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Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) responded, “Erin, your entire life, Iran – pretty much your entire life, just by a few years, has chanted death to America and they have taken actions against Americans and American interests and in ways that are lethal killings of Americans, given weaponry to people who do kill Americans.”

“Even on your network we’ve seen the video of the prior attack that’s happened on the Baghdad embassy,” Turner said. “We all watched the flames and smoke boiling out of the embassy in Baghdad as a result of the attack that occurred there.”

“So, I don’t think reporting or even speculating on what Iran has been threatened – I mean, you know, Iran itself continues to have even its entire parliament chant ‘death to America,’” Turner continued. “It’s not as if it’s a surprise that Iran has been coordinating and targeting American interests throughout the Middle East.”

WATCH: CNN’s Erin Burnett Says Iranians Chanting ‘Death To America’ Are Very Friendly People

Transcript between Rep. Turner and CNN’s Erin Burnett:

REP. MIKE TURNER (R-OH): Erin, good to see you.

CNN’S ERIN BURNETT: So, is this news to you that there were attacks planned on embassies or earlier today, he said specifically the embassy in Baghdad?

TURNER: Well, as you know, I serve on the Intelligence Committee, and I can’t confirm or deny the information we received. I received an extensive briefing on what information that the president had reviewed, what the intelligence community had put together about what threats we were facing from Soleimani and what they were planning.

I can tell you it was incredibly extensive. There was no one on the Intelligence Committee upon the presentation that was not deeply impressed with the threat both to our men and women in uniform and our men and women who are serving.

The president has the luxury to being able to declassify information as he goes, so he’ll decide what to reveal and when he reveals it. But I think it was very clear.

So, if you look at what’s been happening with Iran, both before this administration exited the JCPOA and after, their malign activities throughout the region have been increasing, have been more destabilizing. Their support for the terrorist organization, Hezbollah, Hamas, what’s happening in Yemen throughout the area, and their attack directly on Saudi Arabia has certainly placed I think the entire area in a significant amount of disarray.

And the president taking this response, obviously to turn that corner, try to have that impact and have some deterrence effect on Iran’s actions in the future.

BURNETT: I just want to be clear though, because you’re being very precise, as you always are and you’re not revealing classified information, which means that while he has the ability to do so, the president of the United States is doing at a rally, correct?

TURNER: Well, I mean, that’s what you reported. I don’t know in what other manner he has made those statements. But it is within his purview to determine what remains classified and what does not remain classified.

BURNETT: Yes.

TURNER: I can tell you that there are different levels of briefings that happen on Capitol Hill, the Big Eight, which you reported before —

BURNETT: Right.

TURNER: — which are the chairmen and ranking members, and, then, of course, the Intelligence Committee gets a briefing and then there’s the full congressional group that gets a briefing. I know, on the Senate side, there were some dissatisfied with what they received —

BURNETT: To say the least for sure, right?

TURNER: On the House side, the briefing was full and complete. On the Intelligence Committee, I can tell you that there was in-depth reporting and in-depth information. The Intelligence Committee was very confident of the information they had and the rising threat to the United States and Soleimanis’ direct actions.

BURNETT: Do you think there’s any possible negative or risk that comes from him revealing information that obviously is classified about these embassy planned attacks? Do you think in any way that it is inappropriate for him doing so?

TURNER: I don’t really have a concern. Even on your network we’ve seen the video of the prior attack that’s happened on the Baghdad embassy. We all watched the flames and smoke boiling out of the embassy in Baghdad as a result of the attack that occurred there.

So, I don’t think reporting or even speculating on what Iran has been threatened — I mean, you know, Iran itself continues to have even its entire parliament chant “death to America”. It’s not as if it’s a surprise —

BURNETT: Yes.

TURNER: — that Iran has been coordinating and targeting American interests throughout the Middle East.

BURNETT: Well, I will say — I will say, I was in Tehran when they were chanting “death to America” once. I was at a rally, the people couldn’t have been more friendly to me personally as an American. It sort of felt like a thing and a trope as opposed to anything that was actually seriously meant and considered. I understand your point but my experience was different.

TURNER: Erin, your entire life, Iran — pretty much your entire life, just by a few years, has chanted death to America and they have taken actions against Americans and American interests and in ways that are lethal killings of Americans, given weaponry to people who do kill Americans.

So, it’s not just a slogan. This obviously is something that Iran has systematically continued to do, it’s part of their —

BURNETT: Yes.

TURNER: — seeking weapons of mass destruction and their claim to want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. These are real threats from the leadership of Iran, even though and I’m glad you had a safe and warm response, the people on the street may be different than those who are controlling their military.

BURNETT: And that is true.

TURNER: And the ones who are controlling their military mean it.

BURNETT: And on that point, you along with your Republican colleagues and Democratic colleagues said that General Soleimani was doing horrible things.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, there’s no question Soleimani was a vicious terrorist. Chuck Schumer, no one should shed a tear over his death. Pelosi, no illusions about Soleimani. He was a terrible person who did bad things. Menendez, Soleimani was a terrorist.

Those are your Democratic colleagues in the House and Senate.

Your Republican colleague, Doug Collins, top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, though, said this about Nancy Pelosi and her decision to hold a vote today on the president’s right to strike Soleimani.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

COLLINS: Nancy Pelosi does it again and her Democrats fall right in line. One, they’re in love with terrorists. We see that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT: Would you have ever said that?

TURNER: Well, what I would say is — thank you for couching it in that way, Erin, that’s very polite in your raising the issue, is — what I would say is that I think there have been some irresponsible statements on the Democrat side. Jackie Speier was just on your network, just several hours ago, claiming that Donald Trump would be responsible if the Iranians had with — their military rockets downed their own the departing Ukrainian civilian aircraft.

So, I think there are irresponsible things. I think the resolution today was misplaced. We could have done a resolution that calls for Iran to become a peaceful, active force in the Middle East. Instead we took a resolution to try to restrict —

BURNETT: Right, but you have an issue with Democrat comments, but what about Collins’ comments?

TURNER: I believe that Doug Collins needs to obviously respond to you as to your criticism of his comments. We see troubling comments on the Democrat side that I think really have caused people to pause and say, you know, are we all on the same team here, understanding that Iran is a threat to our country, the United States, and our men and women in the uniform.

BURNETT: All right. Well, hopefully, everyone can agree calling Democrats terrorists from the other side or loving terrorists is not productive.

Thanks very much. I appreciate your time as always, Congressman.

TURNER: Thank you, Erin.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. cnn is a loser. I NEVER watch cnn. Oh, wait, I did one time. They were so bad I didn’t want to waste any more time. I always get my news from RELIABLE PEOPLE. cnn is not reliable.

  2. CNN is lieing. That’s not what they were chanting. Since Salima has died they have been chanting against their tyrannical government. That was on Fox news this morning. If people would stop listening to fake news. Nancy has threaten to kill our vice President. Did you not hear that. No, the fake news that tells lies is more important than to the left then the truth. That’s because they don’t have a brain of their own. It take the fake news to think for them.
    God bless America and our President.

    • The reason it seems that we are no longer United as a country of people, is because we are no longer united as a country of people. The Dems I see in the news prefer Illegal Immigrants and foreigners over America’s own people, they have no sense of sovereignty or respect for the leaders in our govt, and have no love for America. They are loyal to only the Dems, who have clearly controlled belief systems in young people who did not HAVE beliefs yet. Anyone I met whose lived abroad says that when an American goes to live in another country, and sees the contrast, that they usually have an attitude adjustment.

  3. What people are not understanding here that these people are force by that government to be out protesting.. Same as all other dictatorships. You are choosen to be there and if you don’t show up you are then marked for life against the government.

  4. The good citizens of Iran are forced and threatened by the regime to chant anti-American slogans. That is the truth and it has been going on for decades.

  5. I think there are two factions in Iran. The Government/Religious Mullahs and the people. The people are friendly to the West. They have to do exactly like their government orders them to do. If they are in the streets chanting “Death to America!”, it is because their government tell them to do. In Iran, you do what you are told or you disappear and are never heard from again. Kind of like old Soviet Union. It’s just like China, North Korea, etc. People do not want war and famine and economic hardships. They do not want their children to starve or become suicide bombers. It is the same in all NON-free countries around the world. This is not hard to understand people, it is just the way the world is. People in charge want to stay in charge, people with money want more money, people with power want more power.

  6. Hey Erin do you really believe they will do anything to you with all the cameras around, you really are that stupid. That is why you work for CNN. For you to believe when they chant DEATH TO AMERICANS that they don’t mean it and they are friendly. Come back to the real world.

    • She needs firing for blatantly obvious stupid comment. It’s almost as if Dems want some Americans killed so they can prove Pres Trump is so bad. Disgusting.

      • Yes Agree. That was a horrible comment. It’s beyond comprehension. And..even IF they were friendly to her, it was an ignorant comment when people are shouting Death To The Country you Come From. So idiotic.

  7. How on earth can anyone call for Iran to be peaceful when they have a record of violence, hate, intolerance etc? As for ms burnett and ANY other newscaster, they should keep their opinions to themselves. The only time it is acceptable to give their own opinion is in an editorial

  8. But calling Republicans Nazis, Racists, and Homophobes is productive. Got it, Erin. Just another obvious example of the hypocrisy of those who think they are always right. And another good example showing a lack of journalistic integrity.

  9. But calling Republicans Nazis, Racists, and Homophobes is productive. Got it, Erin. Just another obvious example of the hypocrisy of those who think they are always right. And another good example showing a lack of journalistic integrity.

  10. Erin Burnett is a big mouth CNN idiot who is paid extra money from the DEMOCRATS , most american now know all about the close connection Democrats have with terrorist groups — IF —they hate Trump, CNN have been the only media allowed into IRAN TO INTERVIEWS ,they have been the only media allowed in to inspect the downing of the plane site after they refused all the world media had been told NO ENTRY ,Kerry Obama pal has been making secret trips to Iran for over 2 years in secret and was caught on camera ….. fact. The 60% of Democrats truly would love to see hundreds of their own soldiers get killed —-just to make Trump look bad they have been wishing for attacks on USA forces since the killing of the terrorist leader ,their behaviour is no better than their friends in Iran .

  11. I can now that some fake news medias aren’t or never were US friendly

    but were along illegal businesses and illegal immigrants

    and they have deceived Us USofA for many many years now

    Ain’t that something

    and WE US only find out right now, that WE US citizens have been

    unquestioningly supporting hateful illegal immigrants

    like all the demoncrat party and their daca recipients and their liberal news and social medias

    that’s what happens when illegals are just able to come across our US soil

    for many many years without any very serious US National Vetting Security

    isn’t implemented 24/7 for entering our USofA

    which really needs to start over 100 years ago

    and now today WE US are being hatefully invaded by foreign

    beliefs of hostile takeover

    this is what President TRUMP was & still talking about

    the demoncrat lawmakers aren’t US citizens and neither are all whom

    support them

    and that as WE USofA citizens are seeing & experiencing today

    💥💞👍TRUMPence our/his US ReTRUMPlican Lawmakers 2016-2028 successfullyUSLandslideReelectedassuredlyAmenAmen👍💞💥

  12. Erin Andrews is nothing more than a hack pretending to be a journalist….Her Lemon and anyone else running their mouths on Cnn or MSNBC,,,,,Stupid beyond reality.

  13. Hey Erin, I took the liberty of starting a Go Fund Me page for travel expenses for you to spend a year in Iran.
    It is amazing how many people want to contribute to that! And most of us have no idea who you are, but being anti-American and pro-terrorist is all we see.
    Enjoy your ‘vacation’.

    • Trump 2020 has my vote. Our President Mr.Trump does not need to let the Terrorist domocrats know what he is going to do is far as our military and protecting us, our, soldiers and our Country. The Democrats need to go. God bless our country, our military, and God bless our President Donald Trump. Shut down the borders and wipe out all the countries that threatens to harm America and Americans

  14. CNN … throwing dirty underwear at the wall to see what sticks! They are shills for the Corporate & public mentally. Like be their Corp. MASTERS! When your ratings fall below THE HOME & GARDEN NETWORK you obviously don’t care!

  15. Rick Steves gives the real explanation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-CNuudRVLs

    And if we hadn’t led a coup in 1953 to control the oil, they wouldn’t be shouting Death to America in the first place.

    It’s funny how Americans feel they can do no wrong, are never responsible for the misery and suffering in the world and blame the vicitm.

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