Speaking exclusively at an Interview with the Fox News, Tucker Carlson, that aired Monday night, Trump has said that he “built up a lot of great capital” after his decision — but said that means “if something should happen, we’re in a position to do far worse by not doing it.”
He quickly added, “But, hopefully, we don’t have to do anything.”
“They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re playing with and I think they’re playing with fire,” Trump had told reporters at the White House when asked if he had a message for Iran.
Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal last year and attacked Iran’s crucial oil exports and financial transactions as well as other sectors with sanctions.
During his interview with Carlson, Trump revealed in the praise he was given for not going through with the retaliatory strike.
“I was given a lot of credit by most people. A lot of people gave me of credit. A lot of people said that was a great presidential moment, which was, you know, rather shocking to hear,” the president said after Carlson asked about the pullback.
Trump continued, explaining why he canceled the plan after learning at least 150 people could be killed.
“I said, ‘I don’t like that. I don’t like it,’ and I stopped it,” he said. “I did — we didn’t send them out, you know, there was a little incorrect reporting. It was like we sent them out and we pulled them, but we didn’t do that. I didn’t — I made the final decision not to do it.
“So, they shot down an unmanned drone. And, they claim it was over their territory, which it wasn’t, but they would say that, so on top of it, they’ll say, unmanned and over their territory, then we go in.
any Iranians — I know a lot of Iranians from New York City, and they’re great people. They’re all great people. Were all great, right? Iranian or not.”
“I built up a lot of great capital, and if something should happen, we’re in a position to do far worse by not doing it. But, hopefully, we don’t have to do anything,” said the American President.