President Donald Trump brought his national security team to the White House for an emergency meeting late Tuesday night, Reuters reported, after Iran fired missiles at American troops stationed in Iraq.
Speaking in an address to the nation Wednesday morning, Trump said no Americans or Iraqis were killed in the attack, according to CNBC, but that he would be imposing “additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.”
A warning to Tehran
CBS correspondent Paula Reid said Trump met Tuesday with top national security officials “including Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.”
“Just hours before these strikes, the president issued a warning to Tehran to stand down,” Reid reported ahead of Trump’s address Wednesday morning. “He told reporters that if Iran did anything that they shouldn’t be doing, they were going to be ‘suffering the consequences, and very strongly.'”
And it appears Trump is making good on that promise.
“As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” Trump said in his Wednesday talk, according to CNBC. “These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior.”
The president went on to boast that “all of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
“Our great American forces are prepared for anything,” he declared.
“A dramatic shift”
Trump’s move has prompted support from high profile figures in the GOP, including the president’s 2016 rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Cruz backed the president while laying blame for Iranian aggression at the feet of the Obama administration.
“In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. servicemen and women tonight were paid for by the billions the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with,” Cruz told Fox’s Sean Hannity. “If history teaches anything, it’s don’t give billions of dollars to people who hate you and want to kill you.”
The senator went on: “Under Barack Obama…the policy was appeasement. The policy under the disastrous Iran nuclear deal under Obama was to give over $100 billion to Iran.” Now, there’s been “a dramatic shift” in how America will respond to the Middle Eastern nation, Cruz said.
Indeed, Trump proclaimed Wednesday morning that the U.S. has finally gained the upper hand. “Iran appears to be standing down,” he said, “which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”