Spicer On Military Action In Iran: Trump ‘Doesn’t Take Options Off The Table’

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks at the daily briefing at the White House on February 3, 2017. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca(Sipa via AP Images)
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Asked if President Donald Trump would consider taking military action against Iran, White House Press Secretary said Friday that Trump never takes options off the table.

“The President’s been very clear,” Spicer said during the daily press briefing. “He doesn’t take options off the table, but he understands the impact of something like” military action.”

The Trump administration had announced earlier Friday that the Treasury Department would place new economic sanctions on Iran after the country tested a ballistic missile.

“The sanctions today I think are going to be very, very strong and impactful,” Spicer told reporters. “And I hope that Iran realizes that after the provocative measures that they’ve taken, that they understand that this President, this administration, is not going to sit back, take it lightly.”

Earlier in the briefing, Spicer suggested leaving all options on the table was Trump’s deliberate strategy to keep adversaries guessing.

“I think one of the things that the President has said throughout the campaign, during the transition, and since becoming President is he doesn’t like to telegraph his options,” he said. “That’s how he believes that you can have a much greater successful option.”

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  1. Wouldn’t it be something if Putin is trying to bait us into a war with Iran in order to decimate our military the same way the Americans more or less destroyed the Russian military by providing aid to the afghans.

    Edit: scrolling through rogue potus saw these.

  2. Gosh Seanie…you must really really WANT this job. You lie, you smear, you pretend AND you only wear the dark suits Trump wants you to. Does it HURT to give up so much of yourself? It just doesn’t seem the ‘American way’…

  3. “He doesn’t take options off the table, but he understands the impact of something like” military action."

    That impact would be huge profits for Lockheed and Halliburton, for starters. I can’t imagine a scenario where this administration wouldn’t want war with Iran.

  4. So this is why Flynn used the vague warning “on notice” to Iran? Because nuking them was still on the table?.. We are so fucked.

    In fact, Iran did not violate the express terms of the nuke deal, though it may very well have violated its spirit.

  5. HAHAHAHAhahaha…ha…ha…ha. There you go with your crazy parodies again! Ha.

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