WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Donald Trump delivered an address from the grand lobby of the White House today, following the Iranian attacks on Iraqi bases last night.
Speaking in front of reporters, President Trump opened his remarks by declaring: “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”
The President used the short speech to announce new economic sanctions on Iran, called on allies to do more to bring Iran and its nuclear ambitions to heel, and explained how the Obama administration is culpable for furnishing Iran with billions of dollars used to fund their military to attack U.S. targets.
The U.S. President said the “American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” with the fact that “no Americans were harmed”, and that there were “no casualties” and that “minimal damage was sustained” as a result of Iran’s attack.
“Iran appears to be standing down,” he said, and claimed that “An early warning system… worked very well”.
Turning to the killing of Qassem Soleimani, President Trump declared that the Iranian commander had fostered forces in Iraq, as well as in the region, including the terror group Hezbollah.
“He fuelled bloody civil wars across the region,” Trump said, adding Soleimani’s hands were, “drenched in America and Iranian blood… he should have been terminated long ago”.
President Trump said the U.S. is continuing to evaluate options in response, but will immediately impose and expand economic sanctions “until Iran changes its behavior”.
Turning to increased Iranian aggression over the past few years, the U.S. President outlined how the Obama administration furnished Iran with billions of dollars.
“The missiles [from last night] were paid for by the funds made available by the last administration”.
Turning to America’s allies and the “Iran deal”, the President declared, “The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China must break away from JCPOA [Iran deal]”.
Trump said he would seek more involvement from NATO in the middle east, and said “the United States is ready to embrace peace with all those who seek it”.