House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke out in support of President Donald Trump’s Iran gameplan during an interview with Fox News on Friday.
McCarthy discussed a meeting the president had with American officials after Iran shot down a Navy drone on Monday.
“I think this was a very good meeting because it was different than in the past, the president brought both sides in, showed them the information and able to ask any question you have. The president has an amazing team around him,” McCarthy said.
He claimed that the president was adamant that he would not make the same choices as previous administrations.
“The president was very clear about what he wants to achieve with Iran, to never allow them to have a nuclear weapon,” said McCarthy. “This agreement that everybody talks about that Obama agreed to, guarantees them a nuclear weapon in a few short years.”
The president tweeted out an explanation for his reasoning behind stopping an attack on Iran.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
“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.”
The lawmaker pointed out that Trump’s gameplan is going after long-term success.
“He has a long-term gameplan here, and it doesn’t mean that you have to act within the few hours, but what the president is trying to do is achieve something very large.”
As IJR Red previously reported, Republicans are torn over whether the president should be able to take action without congressional approval. While he called off the attack, it is uncertain if he will seek out congressional approval for similar situations.