Calling him an "Iranian terrorist leader," Congressman Pete Stauber weighed in with his approval on Friday of the earlier strike conducted by American forces that killed Iran's top military leader Qassem Soleimani.

"Qassem Soleimani was a leading sponsor of terrorism, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, including hundreds of patriotic American service members," Stauber said in a news release. "The President’s decisive action has brought justice to Soleimani and our world is safer without this deadly terrorist."

President Trump's decision to order the strike has touched off a storm of response throughout the world, including an Iranian vow to retaliate. Coming as an answer to Iranian provocations in recent days, Trump called it a decision to avert war, not start one.

"We as a country are grateful to the heroic men and women in uniform who helped carry out this critical mission," Stauber's statement continued. "As we head into the new year, our nation and allies must stand unified and resolute in the fight against terrorism. Freedom must always triumph over terror."

Stauber, R-Hermantown, is finishing his first term representing Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, and is up for reelection in November.