Donald Trump appeared Friday by surprise from his resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
It was an unexpected intervention, brief and, at times, challenging.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, appeared Friday from his resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, to talk about the American attack that ended the life of General Qasem Soleimani, leader of the elite force Quds of the Guard Islamic Revolutionary of Iran, near Baghdad International Airport, Iraq.RELATED
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Trump began his statement with a warning to the "enemies of the United States."
"We will find them. We will eliminate them. We will always protect Americans from service," he said.
"We can comfort ourselves by knowing that his reign of terror (of Suleimani) is over," the president added, noting that he made the decision to kill the Iranian commander to "stop a war."
"Last night we acted to stop a war, we didn't act to start a war," he said.
Qasem Soleimani was commander of the elite Quds force of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.
According to Trump, Soleimani was plotting "sinister and imminent attacks" against US diplomats and military personnel in Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
"We are not looking for a regime change. However, the aggressions of the Iranian regime in the region, including the use of combatants to destabilize their neighbors, must end and must end now," said the president in what was his first televised statement. since the death of Soleimani.
Trump added that he is ready to respond to any military reaction from Iran.
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"The United States has by far the best army in the world; we have the best intelligence in the world. If Americans everywhere are threatened, we already have identified goals. And I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary, and that it refers in particular to Iran, "he warned.
Trump continued talking about the danger posed by the Iranian commander, a man of confidence of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visited General Qasem Soleimani's family on Friday, killed in a US drone attack at Baghdad International Airport.
"Soleimani made the death of innocent people a sick passion, contributing to terror plots as far away as in New Delhi or London," he said.
"What we did should have been done a long time ago, many lives would have been saved," said the US president, in a veiled criticism of his predecessors in the White House.
Trump also held Soleimani responsible for the death on December 27 of an American contractor in an attack on a military base in Iraq and accused the Iranian general of having orchestrated the assault on the US embassy. in Baghdad, which occurred in response to US bombings in Syria and Iraq.
Soleimani's death in a drone attack was announced Thursday night by the Pentagon, which justified the action by the alleged plans of the Quds force leader to attack US interests.
US media announced that the Pentagon will send some 3,000 more soldiers to the Middle East.
For its part, Iran promised "a severe revenge."
US local media They reported that the Pentagon plans to send between 3,000 and 3,500 additional soldiers to the Middle East.
This was said by unidentified sources from the Department of Defense, which said the troops will leave the base of Fort Bragg, in North Carolina.
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