July 01, 2019
Speaking to Tucker Carlson in a Fox News interview, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. has “built up a lot of great capital” after his decision not to conduct a military strike on Iran, but that “if something should happen, we’re in a position to do far worse by not doing it.”
“But hopefully, we don’t have to do anything,” he added.
Last month, the president called off a planned U.S. drone strike on Iranian targets after learning that about 150 people would die in the attack. This strike was planned as a response to the Iranians shooting down a U.S. drone they claimed was flying in their airspace. The U.S. claimed the drone was flying in international airspace.
The president has explained his decision to block the strike by calling it not a “proportionate” response to Iran’s shooting of an unmanned drone.
During the Fox News interview, Trump talked about the praise he received for not conducting the retaliatory strike on Iran.
“I was given a lot of credit by most people. A lot of people gave me credit,” said Trump. “A lot of people said that was a great presidential moment, which was, you know, rather shocking to hear.”
“So, they shot down an unmanned drone,” he continued. “And they claim it was over their territory, which it wasn’t, but they would say that, so on top of it, they’ll say, unmanned and over their territory, then we go in.”
“Before I sent them out, they have to give me everything I wanted to know by seven o’clock. They walked in, they gave me everything but they didn’t tell me how many people would die. How many Iranians – I know a lot of Iranians from New York City, and they’re great people. They’re all great people. We’re all great, right? Iranian or not.”
“I said, ‘I don’t like that. I don’t like it,’ and I stopped it,” he said. “I did – we didn’t send them out, you know, there was a little incorrect reporting. It was like we sent them out and we pulled them, but we didn’t do that. I didn’t – I made the final decision not to do it.”
“I built up a lot of great capital, and if something should happen, we’re in a position to do far worse by not doing it. But, hopefully, we don’t have to do anything.”
President Trump again criticized the Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated under President Barack Obama and said once again that he would not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.
“Iran now, since we terminated that horrible deal, which was a truly horrible deal, and, you know, you and I aren’t so different in terms of fighting, we want to have peace,” said Trump. “We want to build our roads and build our schools and build all the things we want to build. But we can’t let Iran have a nuclear weapon… you can’t let Iran have a nuclear weapon, and you can’t let certain other countries have nuclear weapons. It’s too devastating.”
– MK. II