In a national address Wednesday from the White House Grand Foyer, President Donald Trump shared certainty that under his tenure, “Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” He made that statement after Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles aimed at U.S. forces and coalition Iraqi forces at two Iraqi military bases, Al-Assad and Irbil, late Tuesday.
There were no casualties and military bases sustained “minimal damage,” said Trump. In response, the President announced new sanctions against the Iranian regime and asked that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies comply with a pressure campaign in the region.
“For far too long, all the way back to 1979 to be exact, nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond. Those days are over,” Trump said.
He continued, “Iran has been the largest state sponsor of terrorism and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world. We will never let that happen.”
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
Last week, the U.S. killed notorious Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, under President Trump’s instruction in a targeted air strike as he was traveling by vehicle near Baghdad International Airport.
Soleimani was planning an imminent attack on U.S. service members and diplomats stationed in Iraq. Trump reiterated that under his leadership “decisive action” was taken in killing “the world’s top terrorist.” Soleimani also orchestrated a recent rocket attack in Iraq that killed one U.S. service member and injured four other U.S. service members.
“Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood. He should have been terminated long ago. By removing Soleimani, we have sent a powerful message to terrorists: If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people,” Trump said.
As part of new economic sanctions package, Trump hopes to repair Iran’s “hostilities” that, he said, only increased under the “foolish” nuclear deal, which was signed in 2013. As the deal nears its expiration, Trump said he would welcome a new deal that allows for Iran to ‘thrive and prosper,’ but also one that makes “the world a safer place.”
“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013 and they were given $150 billion dollars – not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted ‘Death to America.’ In fact, they chanted ‘Death to America’ the day the agreement was signed. Then Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal, and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq,” Trump explained.
Further, Trump slammed “the last administration” for funding the missiles used in Tuesday’s attack. Standing alongside Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump emphasized that the U.S.’s “best deterrent” against Iranian aggression is it’s military’s strength and economic growth and not military action.
He concluded, “Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran. We want you to have a future and a great future – one that you deserve – one of prosperity at home and harmony with the nations of the world. The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”