‘Cocked & loaded’: Trump sounds off how close US was to striking Iran, all a consequence of Obama’s shady deal

Friday morning, President Trump tweeted an explanation of why pre-dawn military strikes on Iran were aborted.

When he asked his military planners what the cost would be in terms of human life on the ground in Iran, and a general responded that 150 would die, Trump called off the mission, opting to show the Iranian people mercy.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to a departure from the White House June 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the first lady are traveling to Orlando, Florida for a rally to officially kick off the president’s 2020 re-election campaign.
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“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters,” he wrote. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”

In a pair of preceding tweets, Trump described how we have arrived here at this crisis with Iran, by way of the ridiculous and scandalous Obama deal that paid the terror-supporting country more than $150 billion …

“President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH!”, tweeted Trump. “Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled…..Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East. Now they are Bust!….

 

Late Thursday, the New York Times reported that the President had ordered a retaliatory strike overnight against Iran on missile and radar sites, suddenly but backed off. The White House had provided a briefing with congressional leaders on Thursday afternoon, which is believed to have been to advise them of the pending military strike.

Many are surprised to learn that the surveillance drone that was shot down in international territory has a cost in excess of $100 million. The RQ-4A Global Hawk carries no weapons, but has high-tech sensors and can fly at 55,000 feet for more than 24 hours.

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