White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn’t expand Thursday on what President Donald Trump’s national security advisor meant when he said the U.S. was putting Iran “on notice.”
“The President and national security adviser wants to put Iran on notice but haven’t specified what that is,” a reporter asked Spicer at the daily briefing. “What options are on the table? Are there any options like military action that might be off the table at this point?”
Spicer did not specify what retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn meant when he said Wednesday that “we are officially putting Iran on notice,” after the nation tested a ballistic missile.
“I think Gen. Flynn was very clear yesterday, that Iran has violated the joint resolution, that Iran’s additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones we are very clear we’re not going to sit by and take,” Spicer said, referring to the nuclear deal with Iran.
Spicer’s response also appeared to reference an attack on a Saudi warship that unnamed intelligence officials told Fox News was either meant for a U.S. vessel, or was a “dress rehearsal” for a similar attack on an U.S. asset.
“Clearly we wanted to make sure that Iran knows they are on notice,” he continued. “I think that we will have further updates for you on those additional actions This will not go un-responded to.”