Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke out in support of President Donald Trump backing out of an attack on Iran and gave his perspective on how to move forward during an interview on Monday.
He claimed that it showed the quality of leadership from the president to stop a potential escalation of tensions.
“You know, I’m really proud of President Trump for showing restraint, it really takes a statesman to show restraint amidst a chorus of voices for war. Whether the sanctions will work I think is another story,” said Paul.
However, the lawmaker shared why he believes there is tension with the country and why the new sanctions may not be the best strategy.
“Currently, from the Iranian perspective, they see the sanctions as an act of war. Cutting off their ability to sell any oil to Asia. Which the previous sanctions actually allowed them to sell some oil. It’s actually becoming so stringent that they have a couple of possibilities. Either they say ‘oh, we’re sorry and we’re going to negotiate,’ or they say ‘we’re really, really mad and we’re gonna fight.’”
He claimed that while he did believe Iran and the U.S. could negotiate, it would be difficult to do so in the current situation.
As IJR News reported, Trump claimed that he is willing to work with the country and that they seem like they hope to come to an agreement.
“I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal, and I think that’s very smart of them, and I think that’s a possibility to happen.”
The president reportedly does not want to go to war with the country and hopes to find a diplomatic solution.