President Donald Trump has spoken out about the Iran missile attack, revealing that military personnel have determined that no Americans were harmed. During a speech on Wednesday, Trump stated that "we suffered no casualties" and that "only minimal damage was sustained at [the Iraqi] military bases." Additionally, he revealed that no Iraqi lives were lost in the attack, either.
"I salute the incredible skill and courage of America's men and women in uniform," Trump went on to say. The Iran missile attack was in retaliation to Trump's administration carrying out an attack that resulted in the death of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
Trump went on to reveal that he plans to implement sanctions against Iran, stating, "The United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime."
President Trump: “No Americans were harmed in last night's attack... We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained... Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down…” https://t.co/fiz0R8KlLr pic.twitter.com/KmVZxZWCwt— CNN (@CNN) January 8, 2020
He added, "These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior. In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia and shot down two American drones."
Trump also spoke about Soleimani, claiming that there was evidence to suggest that "he was planning new attacks on American targets."
5 takeaways from Trump's remarks after Iran strikes
■ He confirmed no Americans were killed
■ He said Iran is standing down
■ He announced new sanctions
■ He urged allies to pressure Iran on nuclear weapons
■ He criticized the slain Iran generalhttps://t.co/XRmuFhtxKS— CNN (@CNN) January 8, 2020
"He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets," Trump added. "He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of US troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims."
"As long as I am president of the #UnitedStates, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon"
Says no Americans were harmed in the missile attack pic.twitter.com/tFcYP8wcf2— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 8, 2020
Trump also stated that in the wake of Iran's attack, the country seemed to be "standing down."
"Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world," Trump said.