Trump Not Worried About Lengthy War with Iran; Says America in ‘Strong Position’ and Conflict Would Be Quick With ‘No Boots on the Ground’

  • Although President Trump said a military conflict between the U.S. and Iran would be swift, he said he would still rather avoid going to war with the nation despite an increasingly contentious relationship.
  • During a Wednesday interview, Trump said: “I hope we don’t, but we’re in a very strong position if something should happen.”
  • Trump remarked that he wouldn’t send U.S. troops to Iran if a conflict did break out. “I’m not talking boots on the ground,” Trump said.
  • When discussing his decision to cancel airstrikes that he had already approved over the weekend, Trump said he “decided not to kill a lot of Iranians” and that he likes Iranians.
  • The airstrikes were in retaliation for what the U.S. government described as Iran shooting down an unmanned U.S. drone. Iran has continued to deny the claims.
  • On Tuesday, Trump tweeted a warning to Iran that if they attacked Americans or sabotaged U.S. interests, the nation would be met with “obliteration” and “great and overwhelming force.”
  • He tweeted: “Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have.”
  • Trump also tweeted: “Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.”
  • Also, on Tuesday, Trump said he didn’t need an “exit strategy” on the current issues with Iran.
  • Striking a more conciliatory tone, Trump said: “We would love to be able to negotiate a deal if they want to. If they don’t want to, that’s fine, too.”

Reference Links

  • RT: US-Iran war ‘wouldn’t last very long, not talking boots on the ground’ – Trump READ
  • Reuters: No ‘boots on the ground’ in Iran dispute, Trump says; cites ‘unlimited time’ for new deal READ
  • CBS:  Trump suggests war with Iran “wouldn’t last very long” READ
  • CNBC: Trump says any war with Iran ‘would not last very long,’ but he still hopes for no conflict READ

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