President Donald Trump on Monday declared Tehran was likely behind strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but that he wanted to be sure and he hoped to “avoid” war. “It is certainly looking that way at this moment,” he told reporters when asked if he believes Iran carried out the attack.
Trump said “we pretty much already know” but that Washington still wanted more proof. “We want to find definitively who did this.” “With all that being said, we’d certainly like to avoid” war, he said. “I don’t want war with anybody but we’re prepared more than anybody.”
There is no doubt that @realDonaldTrump precipitated this crisis by reneging on nuclear deal & declaring economic war on Iran. We now face a major national & international security challenge because of Trump’s reckless incompetence. A bipartisan strategic response is essential.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) September 16, 2019
Trump said they are doing “some very strong studies” on who is responsible for the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but it looks like Iran is responsible. He said he doesn’t want war but no country is more prepared for war, though that wasn’t the case before he took office.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 16, 2019
QUESTION: “You say the United States is prepared for war” with Iran?
TRUMP: “The United States is more prepared than any country in the history of — in any history.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 16, 2019
I’ll say it again – any strike against Iran would be completely unconstitutional. Trump doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally strike Iran. It’s time to end US complicity in the war in #Yemen. #NoWarWithIran https://t.co/EyY0T9UefR
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 16, 2019
People who want a war with Iran & a regime change: Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, right wing war hawks, including some extreme anti-Muslim bigots.
People who don’t want a war with Iran: everyone else.
If Trump had stayed in the Iran Nuclear Deal, but everything he touches…
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) September 16, 2019
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 16, 2019
Trump claims the US Military – REPEAT: THE US MILITARY – was low on ammunition before he became president. The US Military. Low on ammo. pic.twitter.com/xm2xyU4dgd
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 16, 2019
Trump says that when he first entered office, Mattis asked him to delay ordering a strike of some sort because 'We're very low on ammunition. "And I said, You know what, General, I never want to hear that again from another general. no president should ever, ever hear that"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 16, 2019
If you think Trump might be telling the truth that the US military was out of ammunition before he took office, you might be an idiot.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 16, 2019
The President of the United States is claiming (falsely, I should add…but at this point it’s obvious) that the US military, which has a budget of between $600 and $700 billion most years…was low on ammunition but now isn’t because…Trump.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 16, 2019