U.S. President Donald Trump responds to Iranian attacks with economic sanctions

U.S. President Donald Trump says no American soldiers were killed or injured as a result of the Iranian missile attack on U.S. airbases in Iraq.

Trump says more strict sanctions will be imposed on the country, and he also urged countries to step away from the Iran deal that could see funds provided for nuclear weapons.

However, the U.S. military will not be used at this time to respond to the attacks.

Trump adds very minimal damage was sustained at the airbases.

“Our great American forces are prepared for anything,” Trump said. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”

The attack was in response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, someone Trump says has funded terrorist groups for years.

Trump says the U.S. sent a message to terrorists around the world with the killing of Soleimani.

“‘If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people,’” Trump said. “As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.”

Trump says the current Iran deal has allowed the country’s government to use funds to become hostile, and says a new deal is needed to help the country unlock it’s untapped economic potential.

“Iran can be a great country; peace and stability cannot prevail in the middle east as long as Iran continues to foment violence, unrest, hatred and war.”

Trump was praised by Israel’s Prime Minister, who said the U.S. President should be congratulated for the killing of Soleimani.

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