Trump confirmed in a series of tweets that he called off retaliatory attacks on three Iranian targets following the downing of the US drone, saying the attacks would not have been a proportionate response.
“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights 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 said.
His comments confirmed earlier reports by US media outlets which said Washington had prepared to attack Iranian installations in response to the downing of the US drone, only for Trump to order his military to stand down at the last minute.
He also took another swipe at his predecessor Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, while claiming sanctions imposed since have weakened the country. He also said more sanctions were added “last night.” Existing sanctions include those covering the country’s banking and energy sectors, restricting countries from importing Iranian oil and companies from doing business with certain Iranian entities