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President Donald J. Trump delivers a statement after Iranian counterattacks on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. soldiers. | Photo Courtesy of Reuters.

Published 01/08/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 6 sec 

By BWSTimes Staff 

While the Vice President and the rest of the Trump cabinet entered the White House press conference from the side, President Donald J. Trump made a solo entry through double doors just behind the podium a few minutes afterward.

Yesterday, Iran launched ballistic missile strikes in retaliation to the assassination of Iranian military General Qassem Soleimani, their nation’s iconic military leader who is head of their elite Quds Force. 

Trump addressed the nation in response to the recent counterattacks on Iraqi military bases in Irbil and Ain al-Asad housing U.S. soldiers. There were no U.S. military casualties reported.  

The president asserted that Soleimani was planning new attacks on American targets, but no evidence has been provided to the American press. 

The Iranian general was laid to rest yesterday. 

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“As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” was Trump’s opening statement.  

President Trump announced he would impose new sanctions on Iran. 

“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump explained.   

The president appearable seems to be standing down, as well, stating during the press conference, “Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran, we want to have a future and a great future, one that you deserve. One of prosperity at home and harmony with the nations of the world,” adding, “The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.” 

Trump exited the room without answering questions from the press. The entire conference lasted about 10 minutes. 


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