President Donald Trump addressed the nation after Iran launched ballistic missiles in multiple locations throughout Iraq early Wednesday morning. The missiles were launched at Ain Assad, an airbase in western Iraq housing American troops and more were fired at Erbil, an airbase in the northern Iraqui Kurdistan region. These missiles were in retaliation to the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the terrorist Quds Force leaders.
In Trump’s opening remarks to the American citizens, he vowed Iran would not be able to gain nuclear capabilities.
“As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said.
He confirmed no American or Iraqui people were harmed in the Iranian regime’s attack.
“We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump said.
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Trump also said his administration will impose more economic sanctions on the Iranian regime in order to further curb their aggressive behavior.
“These powerful sanctions will remain, until Iran changes its behavior,” Trump said.
He addressed the disasters of the Iranian Nuclear Deal signed by President Barack Obama. Trump directly blamed the Obama administration for funding the Iranian regime’s military capabilities, saying the missiles “were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”
Finally, Trump called on other nations to recognize the problem of Iranian aggression and Iran’s desire to gain nuclear capabilities. He directly called on the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to break away from the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump called on these nations to join him in using diplomacy to create a deal with Iran that will make the world a safer place to live in.