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Trump Says No Americans Were Harmed in Missile Strikes and Iran Is 'Standing Down'

These were the president's first public remarks since the airstrikes Tuesday night.

by Alex Lubben
Jan 8 2020, 4:44pm

President Donald Trump confirmed that no Americans were harmed in the airstrikes on U.S. bases in Iraq Tuesday night and that Iran appears to be “standing down.”

On Wednesday morning, the president addressed the nation for the first time since the missile strikes. He called for Iran to abandon any ambitions of developing a nuclear arsenal, defended the U.S. killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and suggested that he was willing to make a deal with Iran.

“Our great American forces are prepared for anything,” Trump said. “Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast.”

Cover image: President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and others looks on. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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