Trump doesn’t want a military conflict with Iran: Rep. Zeldin

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Published: 05/21/2019 10:29 PM

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) says the Trump administration doesn’t want to start a war with Iran. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the business capit...

[ music ] so with iran, we'll see what happens but they've been very hostile. They'Ve truly been the number one provocateur of terror. We have no indication that anything's happened or will happen, but if it does, it will be met, obviously with great force. We'Ll have no choice. We have president trump making his intentions very clear with iran that he will act or we will act with great force if n ...
cessary. So you have national security officials just wrapping their closed-door briefings with congress on the escalating threat. We shared with both the house and the senate, our strategic campaign, the effort to push back against iran's malign activity 40 years of terrorist activity, and so we talked tothem about that. We tried to place that or place the recent intelligence in context of that 40 years of history and we walked through our efforts and our ultimate objective over the past days, which has been to deter iran and now, let's bring in congressman lee zeldin. Who was in this house briefing moments ago congressman? I know we can't get you in trouble or anything, but is there anything that you can tell us about what america will do going forward one? I could reinforce that message that a president trump the trump administration doesn't want war. They don't want a military conflict. If we were to get attacked, we would defend ourselves, we would do itswiftly, we would do it overwhelmingly. We would defend the united states so that that's an important message for iran to understand.

Just like remember around this time. Two years ago there was the back and forth between president trump and kim jong-un, and president trump got criticized because he said north korea was to attack the united states. They'D be met with fire and fury. The fact is, whether you're talking with korea, iran or someone else. If you attack the united states, you will be met with fire and fury, but one thing that should not be getting you lost at all in this conversation is that president trump doesn't want a military conflict congressman it's kevin kelleyhere and i think you're, echoing a lot Of american sentiments about how we do not want war, but one of the biggest issues we're going to be facing is iran's you know: opposition to israel right i mean we know that you know israel came out a few months ago and they said: hey, listen. We know that iran is doing nuclear proliferation possibly and they did their whole. You know press conference on that. Then, all of a sudden we've seen that iran has actually filled a power vacuum in iraq. So how do we delicately balance, iraq and israel and american interest in not going to war with? You know, iran, a simple way to look. Atthe situation could be the four instruments of national power. It'S the dime, principled diplomacy, information, military economics. What you see the trump administration doing more of is placing more of a military option, the m on the table, but not for the purpose of using it.

That'S a last possible option, but that increases the ability to make economic pressure more effective for the information campaign. Because there are millions of iranians who want to take control of their own destiny, they want a free, stable, prosperous, democratic iran. That'S what millions of them talk about and then there's the bilateral in the multilateral diplomacy, the united states, we're talking to not just other countries. In the middle eastwe talk to european counterparts, even russia and china, member the p5 plus one included russia and china, so you have the nuclear bad activities of iran, the non-nuclear bad activities and the jcpoa the iran nuclear deal came up short. The sunset clauses with with flaws in a verification regime and not dealing with any of the non-nuclear activities, so the president is putting leverage back on the table. The sanctions that are back in place have resulted in a reduction for iran's trade and an economy and hopefully with the increased leverage. Maybe it's not today. Maybe it's not. You know the middle of may of 2019, but we're in a stronger position than the iranians are andwe, have more staying power than they do we'll be prepared for the worst. But what's in the best interest of iran is to come to the table at some point. In the future, that's the better path for them and there are great consequences from and continue down the path we've seen them on over the course of last few years. Congressman is carol roth in terms of the concerns that you have, how much of that is related to direct threats against the united states versus threats again our allies.

Well, first, let's talk rhetorical. The no one should be giving too much weight to zarif the foreign minister in iran, his twitter feed and his statements thisguy's a terrorist mouthpiece. What we and he might be saying that you know the united states - should be respecting iran more, that we shouldn't be threatening iran. But let's talk about the rhetoric coming out of iran for a long time. Yes, they call israel the little satan, but the united states, the great satan they chant death to america in their parliament and on their streets during their holidays. They remember when they held hostage united states sailors and embarrass them publicly. The united states afterwards by the way just said, thank you. That was our response. Thank you for releasing them, but the rhetoric and then followed by the actual actions. Icbms, intercontinental ballistic missiles. Wheniran is test firing them. That'S not meant for israel, their intercontinental ballistic missiles, they're meant for it meant for the united states.

What'S the worst part of it, it's the hundreds of us soldiers who have died at the hands of the iranians. It is equipment, it is financial resources, logistics. I'Ve been provided by the rgc right to the head of the iranian regime. We view that as a direct threat, that's not rhetorical! That'S actually resulted in blood on the hands of these irani ins, so we're seeing it in many forms. Yes, there's a threat to our allies in that region and around the world, but i see it as a direct threat to united statesespecially when a dead, united states service member is sent home. Congressman very much. John we'd have to cut you off just because we're short with time, but you all start the next block congressman. Thank you. So much for joining us today appreciate it. Thank you.

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