State Dept spox wipes floor with Cuomo after he suggests U.S. to blame for Iran strikes on Israel

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert snapped back at CNN’s Chris Cuomo for suggesting that the U.S. was responsible for Iran’s latest missile strikes on Israel.


“The Iran and Israeli situation… is there any concern that pulling the United States or threatening to pull it out of the Iran deal precipitated or helped provoke the actions that Israel is pointing out now in terms of missiles that were launched from Syria into the Golan heights?” Cuomo asked during CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.

Nauert found the suggestion “unbelievable” and was quick to dismiss the idea.

“You know, it’s unbelievable that some would try to blame the United States for Iran’s actions,” the ACting Undersecretary of State said. “It’s unbelievable that others would try to blame Israel for this. Iran is responsible for many bad acts around the world.”

“We’ve seen that as Iran has provided weapons, money and all of that to Hezbollah operating in Syria,” she continued. “So let’s take a look at where these bad actions are coming from. They’re from Iran and not other countries.”

“Totally understood,” Cuomo replied before proving he understood none of it.

“Do you think we’re going to see more of that now that Iran now that Iran is in a hostile disposition?” he asked.

“We have seen them in a hostile disposition since for many, many years. No one knows that better than the folks here at our State Department,” Nauert fired back.

So you don’t think what they did in the Golan Heights had anything to do with them feeling like it’s time for them to be more muscular and more militaristic?” Cuomo continued to press.

“I’m not going to assume Iran is doing what it does,” and exasperated Nauert replied, citing examples of Iran’s backing of terrorists in other countries as well as firing of missiles at their enemies.

“Let’s remember who is responsible for these actions. It’s no other country but Iran,” she said.

“Understood,” Cuomo repeated.

Meanwhile, over in Jerusalem, pro-Trump signs are popping up in the streets ahead of the U.S. Embassy’s move. They don’t seem to placing the blame on the U.S., perhaps Cuomo should take a look?

Frieda Powers


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