As tensions between the U.S. and Iran grow heated, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) urged leaders in the Islamic Republic not to engage in hostilities against America, pointing out that the U.S. has the deadliest armed forces in the world.
While giving an interview on Fox News, Scott — the former governor of Florida who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee — was pressed by Harris Faulkner for his thoughts on an Iranian military official’s comment that Iran is preparing for “an all-out confrontation” with the U.S.
Scott responded by stating that nobody in Congress wanted to “throw people into a conflict we don’t have to” and urged Iranian leaders to “come to their senses” and stop trying to “be in a position that they want to destabilize the world.”
“The Iranians have got to come to their senses. Be part of a civilized world. Why do they want to be in a position that they want to destabilize the world? I know we’ve got the most lethal military in the world. American assets will do better than any other military in the world.”
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“I would tell the Iranians,” continued Scott, “I would not pick a fight with Americans.”
“Hopefully that won’t happen,” added the Florida senator.
Scott went on to say that President Donald Trump “did the right thing by walking away” from the Iran nuclear deal after former President Barack Obama and other Democrats negotiated the “reckless” agreement during the previous administration.
“Iran has got to come to their senses. The president is trying to hold them accountable,” said Scott. “We need to support the president and what he’s trying to do.”
On Thursday, the president stated that he “hop[ed]” that the U.S. would not go to war with Iran. The U.S. removed some diplomatic staff in Iraq earlier this week after attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf over the weekend.
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump last week accused former Secretary of State John Kerry (D) of violating the Logan Act by speaking with Iranian officials after leaving office in an attempt to salvage the nuclear agreement he negotiated while in the Obama administration.
Additionally, as IJR Red also noted, senior Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called for Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice to look into Kerry’s talks with Iran in a letter on Tuesday.