Listen: Trump Addresses Nation After Iranian Strike
"No Americans were harmed in last night's attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military basis. I great American forces prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down which is a good thing for all parties concerned at a very good thing for the world. Arabian forces had promised retaliation against the US following doing a drone strike assassination of Iranian military leader Kacem Sulejmani last week joining me now is Wall Street. Journal Washington editor Daniel Nassau so Daniel President trump did not signal any additional US military strikes and also said that Iran is backing down for more strikes or experts convinced that this marks ah lasting de-escalation of tensions. I would say round one is over for now Indeed the president did not signal that he was going to take any further military action against Iran and he did as you said note that Iran appears to be standing down which is a good thing for all the parties concerned and last night the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that Iran had taken and quote concluded proportionate Russian it measures in self defense which signals to me that Iran sees it struck back in measured manner. And we're done for now. No trump made the decision not to address the nation last night after news began to break that Iran had conducted these military strikes. And before you came out to speak to the nation today today high ranking members of the military walked out flanking him during his comments at the podium. What did you make of those objects? Well I think that the military terry brass and the White House are trying to show that they're on the same page of their reading of the intelligence and of their sense of where the conflict with Iran is right now now now I will note that when President Obama who is a very stylistically very different kind of president when he announced the killing of of Osama bin Laden he came out and addressed the nation on his own He was alone on the television screen during his comments. President trump also took a strong strong tone here in continuing to warn Ron especially against its nuclear ambitions. As long as I'm president of the United States Iran will never reveal out to have a nuclear weapon that has long been an issue especially after the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement which President it trump wants to scrap in favor of a new deal. How likely is it that he'll get international support for that? Well the other signatories to the the Iran nuclear deal the JCP. Have they've stuck with it. And I see no reason why China France Germany Russia Russia the United Kingdom would would pull out now Iran has said it suspending its compliance with the deal. But it has not said that it is Withdrawing from it so so I see no reason why at this point any of that should change and Daniel over the next couple of days and weeks. What are some of the through lines? You're going to be following here. Well of course we'll all be watching to see if indeed round one is over if Iran and the US directly attack. One another. But I in particular. I'm going to be watching the iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq. They often seem to take direction from Tehran. But can act independently gently so are they going to fling more rockets at US installations or they going to take a breather as"