Finally, President Trump addresses Iran’s assault on Iraq’s American base.
Trump explains that no Americans were hurt in an Iranian missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, and said Iran “appears to be standing down” in the explosive confrontation with the U.S.
Trump says in recent days Qasem Soleimani was planning new attacks on American targets, “but we stopped him.”
“I’m pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” the president said in an address to the nation from the White House on Wednesday.
“We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
He also said ; “As long as I’m President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon”
Flanked by the vice president, defense secretary, secretary of state and military leaders, Mr. Trump said the U.S. will impose “additional punishing economic sanctions” against Iran and said he would ask NATO allies to become “much more involved” in the Middle East.
“Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” Mr. Trump said, calling on European allies to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The president’s address came hours after Iran fired at least a dozen ballistic missiles at the Al Asad and Erbil bases in Iraq, where U.S. and coalition personnel are stationed. The strikes came in retaliation for the U.S. strike on Friday that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the country’s most prominent military leader and head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.