June 22, 2019
In a Friday interview with “Meet the Press,” President Donald Trump said Iran would be faced with “obliteration like you’ve never seen before” if they went to war with the U.S.
“But I’m not looking to do that,” the president said in the interview.
Trump said talks with Iran could commence with no pre-conditions but restated his stance that Iran cannot have nuclear weapons and that sanctions on the country would remain.
“You can’t have nuclear weapons,” he said. “And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise, you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.”
Trump also talked about his decision to cancel a planned strike on Iran on Thursday night, saying that he hadn’t approved any attack and that no planes were in the air.
When asked if planes were in the air for the strike, he said, “No, but they would have been pretty soon, and things would have happened to a point where you would not turn back, you could not turn back.”
“Nothing was green lighted until the very end because things change,” he said.
The president had tweeted earlier that the U.S. was “cocked & loaded” to carry out military strikes on Iranian targets but that he cancelled the move on account of the estimated 150 people that would’ve been killed in the strikes.
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
In the NBC interview, the president said that a plan was “ready to go, subject my approval.”
“I thought about it for a second and I said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it, and here we are sitting with a 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour earlier after I said go ahead,” said the president. “And I didn’t like it, I didn’t think, I didn’t think it was proportionate.”
– MK. II