President Donald Trump defended his decision to stop an attack on Iran while speaking to reporters on Saturday.
Iran shot down a drone over international waters on Thursday, prompting American officials to plan an attack on the country. However, the president stopped the attack due to the possible casualties.
He tweeted out his reasoning, saying that there were consequences for the action and that he was not going to rush into war.
“I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world,” Trump wrote. “Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
While speaking to reporters outside the White House, he responded to critics, saying that he was trying to come up with the best solution for the country.
“Everybody was saying I’m a warmonger, and now they say I’m a dove,” Trump said. “And I think I’m neither, if you want to know the truth. I’m a man with common sense, and that’s what we need in this country is common sense.”
The president also claimed that “didn’t like the idea” of potentially killing over a hundred people.
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President Trump: "Everybody was saying I'm a warmonger and now they say I'm a dove. And I think I'm neither, you want to know the truth. I'm a man with common sense, and that's what we need in this country is common sense." pic.twitter.com/DiDGxFGQV2
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He was also questioned about his national security adviser John Bolton, citing reports that many have criticized him. The president defended the confidence that he has in Bolton, and while he admitted that he is a “hawk,” Trump wanted to take a more balanced approach.
“John Bolton is doing a very good job, but generally takes a tough posture. I have here people who don’t have that posture. But the only one that matters is me, because I’ll listen to everybody.”