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Why Trump Chose Sanctions Over Military Escalation With Iran

Why Trump Chose Sanctions Over Military Escalation With Iran

Fred Lucas

Security, Middle East

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A good call?

Less than 24 hours after Iran fired 15 missiles at U.S. military facilities in Iraq, President Donald Trump signaled a strong desire to deescalate by announcing new sanctions instead of  a military response. 

Trump also urged allies to put more pressure on Iran’s Islamist dictatorship. 

“As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said to begin his formal remarks Wednesday in the Grand Foyer of the White House. 

“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties,” Trump said. “All of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.” 

“Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”

No military retaliation doesn’t mean no retaliation, as the president said more U.S. sanctions are coming, without specifying. 

“These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior,” Trump said.

Trump appealed directly to the people of Iran, saying they could have a “great future, one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home and in harmony with the nations of the world.”

“The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” he said.

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Trump administration sanctions Nicaraguan president’s son for alleged corruption, money laundering

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