President Trump confirms that no Americans were harmed after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases that host U.S. forces. Addressing the nation from the White House, Trump said an early warning system worked very well. Iran’s attacks followed the recent U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader in Iraq. Trump said the hands of General Qassem Soleimani were “drenched in American and Iranian blood.” He also repeated a vow that Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Trump said Iran must give up its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism. He argued that Iran could be a great and peaceful nation if it chooses to take that path. Trump also cited the reach and strength of the U.S. military. Meantime, Trump called on NATO to get more involved in the volatile Middle East.
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the 15 missile strikes on Iraqi military bases used by U-S forces a slap against America. Iraq’s prime minister says Iran warned him before it fired missiles at two bases where U.S. troops are stationed. Iran has said the attacks were retaliation for last week’s U.S. airstrike that killed the Islamic Republic’s top military leader, General Qassem Soleimani. Watch President Trump’s live address here.