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Trump said it would probably be 150 victims, when the United States and Iran; reaction from Fox News contributors, Daniel Hoffman, and Fred Fleitz attacked. former Deputy assistant to President Trump.
President Trump has expressed its willingness to open talks with Iranian officials without any preconditions, not to say that he does not want a war with the Islamic Republic, but when it comes to an armed conflict it will be, “the destruction, have never seen them before.”
In an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Trump said, the only line he drew in the sand when it came to discussions with Iran that the country does not have a nuclear weapon.
“I’m not looking for war, and if it is, it’ll be the destruction like you have never seen before,” said Trump. “But I’m not looking to do. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You want to talk about? Well. Otherwise, you can take a bad economy for the next three years.”
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Trump’s interview was conducted on Friday, came just hours after he announced on Twitter that he had called off a retaliatory strike of the night to the Thursday after the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by Iran.
On the question of why he called off the strike in the last minute, Trump said he thought the loss of life would have occurred in Iran was “proportionate to the shooting down of an unmanned drone.”
“I thought about it for a second, and I said, ‘You know what? You shot down a unmanned drone plane, whatever you want to call it. And here we sit, with 150 deaths, which would have taken place, probably within half an hour after I said, go ahead,” Trump said. “And I didn’t like it. I don’t think it was, I think it was proportionate.”
The President noted that instead of a military attack, his government plans to ratchet up the already strong sanctions against Iran.
“We will increase the sanctions now,” he said. “The response is always very strong.”
Together with the sanctions that the US report on Thursday, according to a series of cyber attacks that disabled Iranian revolutionary guard computer systems that controlled its missiles and rocket launchers.
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The President’s openness to talk with Iran countered on Sunday by National security adviser John Bolton, said in a speech on Sunday in Jerusalem that Iran should not care for the “mistakes of the U.S. and discretion for weakness.”
To be Bolton, the tough message seemed to be, not only for Tehran, but also in reassuring key U.S. allies that the White house remains determined to continue to put pressure on Iran. Israel, together with the Arab countries in the Gulf, Iran is their biggest threat, and Trump’s last-minute holds-on-to face seems to be questions about the readiness of the USA to use force against the Islamic Republic.
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States “interventionist military presence” for fanning the flames. He was quoted by the official news Agency IRNA.
“The region is very sensitive and the security of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman waterways is important for many countries. We expect the international bodies to show proper reaction to the invasion move,” Rouhani said about the Downing of the U.S. drone.
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Iran’s foreign Minister also said that Bolton is trying to force the United States into a conflict with Iran. Javad Zarif tweeted that the presidential adviser was “moments away from trapping” Trump in a “war” before the US President called off the strike against Iran.
The answer to Iran’s downing on a U.S. drone has shown that the growing gap between Trump and his national security adviser.
In his interview on “Meet The Press” Trump said that Bolton was “absolutely a hawk,” but added that he wanted the “hawks” and “doves” represented equally in its government.
“If it [Bolton], he would take on the whole world at a time, okay? But that doesn’t matter, because I want to said both sides,” Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.