President Trump has made a promise to the American people.
Unlike the previous administration, President Trump has sent the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Arabian Sea to deter any adverse activity from the rogue nation of Iran.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2019
In an interview on Fox News that covered many topics and issues, President Trump promised not to let Iran obtain nuclear arms, but he also reiterated that he was hesitant to go to war.
“I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons,” he said as he spoke to Fox News host Steve Hilton in an interview on Sunday. His statements solidified the administration’s resolve in stopping Iranian nuclear production, even as the President is facing provocations from the regime and threats to U.S. assets in the Middle East.
Trump has already sent another message to Iran: “If you threaten the US again, it will be the official end of Iran.”
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) May 19, 2019
According to Fox News:
Trump, during the interview, continued opposing military intervention — something that separated him from others in the 2016 campaign — but indicated Iranian nuclear development would constitute an urgent exception.
“I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen,” he said.
While speaking with Hilton, he recounted the costs of war which he said he wanted to avoid.
“With all of everything that’s going on, and I’m not one that believes — you know, I’m not somebody that wants to go into war, because war hurts economies, war kills people most importantly — by far most importantly,” he said.
Trump has urged Iranians to come to the table even as they appeared to continue retaliating over higher sanctions — a devastating form of pressure that started with Trump’s decision to exit the Obama-era nuclear deal.
“I ended the Iran Nuclear Deal, and actually, I must tell you — I had no idea it was going to be as strong as it was. It totally — the country is devastated from the standpoint of the economy,” he told Hilton.
Many retweeted Trump’s response and praised his powerful stance:
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) May 19, 2019