Trump Disputes He Called Iran Strike ‘Back,’ Suggests Future Strike Could Be Carried Out
President Donald Trump took issue with the media’s characterization of his actions with Iran this week, writing in a Saturday evening tweet that media reports of him calling an attack “back” were incorrect.
Trump also appeared to indicate that an attack against Iran could happen in the future, according to his tweet.
“I never called the strike against Iran ‘BACK,’ as people are incorrectly reporting, I just stopped it from going forward at this time!” Trump wrote, per his tweet.
I never called the strike against Iran “BACK,” as people are incorrectly reporting, I just stopped it from going forward at this time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Per previous reporting from HillReporter.com, Trump had issued a military strike on several Iranian targets Thursday evening. With 10 minutes left before the operation was to start hitting targets, and with planes already in the air heading toward them, Trump called off the mission, citing the next day the disproportionate casualties that would arise from the attack.
Trump’s order to attack targets was in response to a downed, unmanned drone that the U.S. alleged Iran shot down earlier in the week over international waters. Tehran has asserted that the drone was downed over Iranian territorial waters.
Trump has had a timid end to week, on this issue and at least one other — plans to implement several raids on American cities this week aimed at arresting and deporting thousands of undocumented immigrants were put on hold after the administration had said they were set to start on Sunday.
Trump argued on Saturday that he was delaying the start of those raids in order to give lawmakers more time to discuss options to address immigration, and to come to a possible compromise on the issue.
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted, per reporting from BuzzFeed News. “If not, Deportations start!”