President Donald Trump on Friday revealed that he stopped plan to attack Iran 10 minutes before set time.
In a stunning tweet thread, the president said the U.S. was “cocked & loaded to retaliate” with plans to hit three sites, but he reversed course after asking military leaders about how many would be killed.
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,” Trump said.
“Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
Trump’s reversal was the culmination of 24 frenzied and frenetic hours marked by public inconsistencies, congressional bewilderment and palpable concern among national security experts that the administration might inadvertently stumble into the kind of bloody Middle East conflict that the president had campaigned so vigorously against.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had announced its air force had shot down a US “spy” drone on Thursday morning near Kuhmobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan.
He also claimed at a news conference Friday that a manned U.S. spy plane was near the downed drone but Iran chose not to target it.