President Trump on Wednesday addressed the nation on the Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops, announcing that there were no American casualties and that Iran "appears to be standing down."
"As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning. I'm pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night's attack by the Iranian regime," Trump said.
The president spoke for approximately nine and a half minutes, noting, "Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned." He explained why it was necessary to order the attack that killed Iran's "top terrorist, Qassem Soleimani," saying he was "personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities" including training terrorists, killing Americans, and fueling war in the Middle East.
"He should have been terminated long ago," the president said. "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 announced that new economic sanctions on Iran will be forthcoming and called on NATO to be more involved in the Middle East. The president also urged the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China t0 "break away from the remnants of the Iran deal, or JCPOA," and work together for a new deal with Iran.
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