President Trump Announces Next Step In Conflict With Iran
President Donald Trump approved a decisive airstrike last Thursday that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani — who has killed or orchestrated attacks that killed thousands of Americans — was arguably one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
On Wednesday, the president promised the world he wanted “peace” as he spoke from the White House in the wake of the Iranian missile attacks directed at U.S. forces in Iraq.
Trump declared that Iran “appears to be standing down” adding that the attacks Iraq resulted in “no casualties.”
“The American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” Trump said, in an address to the nation from the White House the morning after the attacks. “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.”
Trump indicated Wednesday that he indeed considers the nature of the strikes as a sign that Tehran has taken an off-ramp.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned,” he said.
He added: “No American or Iraqi lives were lost.”
As a next step, Trump said he will call on NATO to increase its involvement in the Middle East so that the U.S. and its allies are working in unison to combat Iran’s aggression.
“Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” Trump said, calling on the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to “recognize this reality” and “break away from the remnants” of the Obama-era nuclear pact. He suggested that the “very defective” deal “gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout.”
Trump continued to stand by his decision that began this sparked this recent conflict, saying on Wednesday that “Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood.”
The president touted the military under his administration but added: “The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we need to use it. … We do not want to use it.”
Trump said, “The U.S. is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”