MSNBC 17 Nov 2020

NYT Reports Pres. Trump Sought Options For Attacking Iran


Nick Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Peter Baker join Andrea Mitchell to discuss the national security threats that accompany the stalled transition and the New York Times' new reporting on President Trump seeking military action against Iran's main nuclear site. "If we launched a military attack on any target in Iran, what we know about the Iranians is they do hit back," Amb. Burns says. "They could try to kidnap or kill American citizens anywhere in the world. They've done that in the past." Aired on 11/17/2020.

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Sara Fischer  - Media reporter, Axios

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