Fox News host Chris Wallace does not buy President Donald Trump’s account of stopping an airstrike against Iran at the last minute. The strike would have been retaliation for Iran recently shooting down a U.S. drone.
“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. 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,” the president tweeted on Friday.
He continued by saying the attack was “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”
He added, “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 an interview between Fox News hosts Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace, both men took issue with Trump’s account of things.
“Something is wrong there,” Smith said.
Wallace claimed he knew a “former top national security official” who told him the story from the president doesn’t add up.
“I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up,” Wallace said. “The president would have been fully briefed by the generals as to, if you hit target A, here are the dangers, or here is the possible collateral damage.”
He continued, “So the idea that the president, ten minutes before the actual go — and again, The New York Times is reporting that the ships were in place, that the war planes were in the air — that ten minutes before you’re learning for the first time that there were going to be 150 casualties, seems pretty unlikely and certainly not the way it’s been done in the past.”
The two then compared Trump’s story to Barack Obama’s infamous “red line” empty threat to Syria.
“How is this different from President Obama pulling back from the red line in Syria?” Smith asked.
“It’s a question you have to ask yourself,” Wallace replied. The Fox News host added that Obama would have gotten heavy criticism for the sending out the tweets that Trump did.
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Wallace and Smith questioned Trump’s account of things again toward the end of the segment.
“The explanation — as you said — just doesn’t make sense,” Smith said.
“It doesn’t hold together,” Wallace added. “The timeline for when he learned information and when he decided to act doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
He continued, “In a sense, maybe that’s the biggest problem. You can argue if you don’t want to strike, don’t strike. If you want to strike, do strike. But don’t send mixed messages that confuse not only you enemies but even your allies and people here in this country, as to what you’re going to do.”
It’s important to note that both Wallace and Smith are frequent critics of the president. Their objections here seem to be contrarian just for the sake of being contrarian.
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