Jimmy Carter Praises Trump for Showing Restraint on Iran Strikes
Former president supports Trump's decision to not to take military action
Former President Jimmy Carter expressed support for President Donald Trump following his decision to hold strikes against Iran after the regime struck down a U.S. Navy drone over international waters.
“I agree with President Trump on his decision not to take military action against Iran,” Carter said, according to NPR.
“I had a lot of problems with Iran when I was in office,” the former Democratic president added.
Carter’s supportive remarks come after Trump's decision to stop military response after learning at the last minute after learning lats minute it would cots 150 lives.
Trump said he didn't think he response was appropriate.
“I don’t want to kill 150 Iranians … I don’t want to kill 150 of anything or anybody unless it’s absolutely necessary,” Trump reiterated.
He added, “anything is a lot when they shoot down an unmanned [vehicle].”
Carter shared his view on war, saying he thought most of them were “unnecessary.”
“We’re supposed to be a ‘Christian’ nation are we not? But we are known throughout the world as the most warlike country on Earth. And I would say almost all the wars in which we’ve been involved, have been unnecessary,” he said.
Here in Plains for Sunday School with President Carter. First person in line got here at 8pm last night and camped out. Arrive after 2:30am? There are several overflow rooms. #gapol pic.twitter.com/sq592vN75g— Emma N. Hurt (@Emma_Hurt) June 23, 2019
According to Epoch Times: Longstanding tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, have become more prominent since Washington pulled out of a deal last year aimed at curbing the Islamic regime’s nuclear ambitions.
Tensions grew in May after Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
It further escalated after a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were attacked on June 13.
The Trump administration accused Iran of the attacks while presenting video evidence that appears to implicate Tehran.
Meanwhile, Iran denied having any role.
“The Supreme Leader of Iran is one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime,” he told reporters.
“He is respected within his country. His office oversees the regime’s most brutal instruments.”
The president said the executive order would deny “access to key financial resources” used by the Supreme Leader, his office, and those “closely affiliated” with him.
The administration wants to force Tehran to open up to talks on its nuclear and missile programs and its activities in the region.
Trump also reiterated that the United States does not want a conflict with Iran, telling reporters, “I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.”