Pence told “CBS Evening News” that the militias, of which Soleimani was the “primary leader,” are being instructed to hold back on striking the U.S.

“Frankly, we’re receiving some encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages to those very same militias not to move against American targets or civilians,” he said. “And we hope that that message continues to echo.”

CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked the vice president if the strike authorized by President Trump to kill Soleimani was like “taking a baseball bat to a hornets’ nest,” referring to the Iranian proxy militias.