President Donald Trump on Friday issued a bizarre statement on Twitter justifying his decision to call off his strike against Iran.
The president began his tweet storm by trashing former President Barack Obama for negotiating a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program — and then boasted that he tore that agreement up, even though he had no proposed alternative to that deal.
Then he claimed that the U.S. military was ready to hammer Iran and was “cocked and loaded,” which is a malapropism for the common term “locked and loaded.”
“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters,” the president wrote. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights [sic] when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it.”
Trump then claimed that there was really no urgent need for the military to conduct a retaliatory strike.
“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,” he wrote. “Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
….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