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President Donald Trump Delivers Remarks On U.S. Airstrike That Killed Iranian General

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President Trump delivered remarks on the U.S. airstrike that killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. "We took action last night to stop a war," the president said.


President Trump delivered swift remarks on the US airstrike that killed Iranian's top general Qassem Soleimani.
"Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him."

"We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war. I have deep respect for the Iranian people..."

- U.S. President Donald Trump on the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force
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>>> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL
>>> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT.
REPORT. HERE IS LESTER HOLT.
HERE IS LESTER HOLT. >> GOOD AFTERNOON.
>> GOOD AFTERNOON. COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING
COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS, THE FIRST PUBLIC REMARKS
NEWS, THE FIRST PUBLIC REMARKS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP FOLLOWING
FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP FOLLOWING THE U.S. MILITARY STRIKE THAT
THE U.S. MILITARY STRIKE THAT KILLED IRANIAN’S TOP GENERAL.
KILLED IRANIAN’S TOP GENERAL. LET’S LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT IN
LET’S LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT IN FLORIDA.
FLORIDA. >> SOL MOOINY WAS PLANNING BUT
>> SOL MOOINY WAS PLANNING BUT WE CAUGHT HIM IN THE ACT AND
WE CAUGHT HIM IN THE ACT AND TERMINATED HIM.
TERMINATED HIM. UNDER MY LEADERSHIP, AMERICA’S
UNDER MY LEADERSHIP, AMERICA’S POLICY IS UNAMBIGUOUS TO
POLICY IS UNAMBIGUOUS TO TERRORISTS WHO HARM OR INTERNED
TERRORISTS WHO HARM OR INTERNED TO HARM ANY AMERICAN.
TO HARM ANY AMERICAN. WE’LL FIND YOU, ELIMINATE YOU,
WE’LL FIND YOU, ELIMINATE YOU, ALWAYS PROTECT OUR DIPLOMATS,
ALWAYS PROTECT OUR DIPLOMATS, SERVICE MEMBERS, ALL AMERICANS,
SERVICE MEMBERS, ALL AMERICANS, AND OUR ALLIES.
AND OUR ALLIES. FOR YEARS THE ISLAMIC
FOR YEARS THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AND
REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AND ITS RUTHLESS CUDS FORCE HAS
ITS RUTHLESS CUDS FORCE HAS INJURED HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN
INJURED HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN CIVILIANS AND SERVICEMEN.
CIVILIANS AND SERVICEMEN. THE RECENT ATTACKS ON U.S.
THE RECENT ATTACKS ON U.S. TARGETS IN IRAQ INCLUDING ROCKET
TARGETS IN IRAQ INCLUDING ROCKET STRIKES THAT KILLED AN AMERICAN
STRIKES THAT KILLED AN AMERICAN AND INJURED FOUR AMERICAN
AND INJURED FOUR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN VERY BADLY, AS WELL
SERVICEMEN VERY BADLY, AS WELL AS A VIOLENT ASSAULT ON OUR
AS A VIOLENT ASSAULT ON OUR EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD, WERE CARRIED
EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD, WERE CARRIED OUT AT THE DIRECTION OF SOL
OUT AT THE DIRECTION OF SOL MAINI, SOLA MANI MADE THE DEATH
MAINI, SOLA MANI MADE THE DEATH OF INNOCENT PEOPLE HIS SICK
OF INNOCENT PEOPLE HIS SICK PASSION, CONTRIBUTING TO PLOTS
PASSION, CONTRIBUTING TO PLOTS AS FAR AWAY AS NEW DELI AND
AS FAR AWAY AS NEW DELI AND LONDON.
LONDON. WE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT
WE TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT HIS REIGN OF TERROR IS OVER.
HIS REIGN OF TERROR IS OVER. SOLA MAINI HAS BEEN PERPETRATING
SOLA MAINI HAS BEEN PERPETRATING ACTS OF TERROR TO DESTABILIZE
ACTS OF TERROR TO DESTABILIZE THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE LAST 20
THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS, WHAT THE UNITED STATES
YEARS, WHAT THE UNITED STATES DID YESTERDAY SHOULD HAVE BEEN
DID YESTERDAY SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LONG AGO.
DONE LONG AGO. A LOT OF LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN
A LOT OF LIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED.
SAVED. JUST RECENT SAUL MANI LED THE
JUST RECENT SAUL MANI LED THE BRUTAL PROTESTERS IN IRAN WHERE
BRUTAL PROTESTERS IN IRAN WHERE MORE THAN A THOUSAND INNOCENTS
MORE THAN A THOUSAND INNOCENTS WERE TORTURED AND KILLED BY
WERE TORTURED AND KILLED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT.
THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. WE TOOK ACthsTION TO STOP A WAR.
WE TOOK ACthsTION TO STOP A WAR. WE DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO START
WE DID NOT TAKE ACTION TO START A WAR.
A WAR. I HAVE DEEP RESPECT FOR THE
I HAVE DEEP RESPECT FOR THE IRANIAN PEOPLE.
IRANIAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE A REMARKABLE PEOPLE
THEY ARE A REMARKABLE PEOPLE WITH INCREDIBLE HERITAGE AND
WITH INCREDIBLE HERITAGE AND UNLIMITED POTENTIAL.
UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. WE DO NOT SEEK REGIME CHANGE.
WE DO NOT SEEK REGIME CHANGE. HOWEVER THE IRANIAN’S REGIME AND
HOWEVER THE IRANIAN’S REGIME AND AGGRESSION INCLUDING THE USE OF
AGGRESSION INCLUDING THE USE OF PROXY FIGHTERS TO DESTABILIZE
PROXY FIGHTERS TO DESTABILIZE THEIR NEIGHBORS MUST END NOW.
THEIR NEIGHBORS MUST END NOW. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE
THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN, THOSE WHO SEEK PEACEFUL
OF IRAN, THOSE WHO SEEK PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE AND COOPERATION, NOT
COEXISTENCE AND COOPERATION, NOT TO TERRORISTS WARLORDS WHO
TO TERRORISTS WARLORDS WHO PLUNDER THEIR NATION TO FINANCE
PLUNDER THEIR NATION TO FINANCE BLOODSHED ABROAD.
BLOODSHED ABROAD. THE UNITED STATES HAS THE BEST
THE UNITED STATES HAS THE BEST MILITARY BY FAR ANYWHERE IF THE
MILITARY BY FAR ANYWHERE IF THE WORLD.
WORLD. WE HAVE THE BEST INTELLIGENCE IN
WE HAVE THE BEST INTELLIGENCE IN THE WORLD.
THE WORLD. IF AMERICANS ANYWHERE ARE
IF AMERICANS ANYWHERE ARE THREATENED WE HAVE ALL OF THOSE
THREATENED WE HAVE ALL OF THOSE TARGETS ALREADY FULLY
TARGETS ALREADY FULLY IDENTIFIED, AND I AM READY AND
IDENTIFIED, AND I AM READY AND PREPARED TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION
PREPARED TO TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IS NECESSARY.
IS NECESSARY. AND THAT IN PARTICULAR REFERS TO
AND THAT IN PARTICULAR REFERS TO IRAN.
IRAN. MY LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE DESTROYED
MY LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE DESTROYED THE ISIS TERRITORIAL CALIPHATE,
THE ISIS TERRITORIAL CALIPHATE, AND RECENTLY AMERICAN SPECIAL
AND RECENTLY AMERICAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES KILLED THE
OPERATIONS FORCES KILLED THE TERRORIST LEADER KNOWN AS AL
TERRORIST LEADER KNOWN AS AL BAGHDADI.
BAGHDADI. THE WORLD IS A SAFER PLACE
THE WORLD IS A SAFER PLACE WITHOUT THESE MONSTERS.
WITHOUT THESE MONSTERS. AMERICA WILL ALWAYS PURSUE THE
AMERICA WILL ALWAYS PURSUE THE INTERESTS OF GOOD PEOPLE, GREAT
INTERESTS OF GOOD PEOPLE, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT SOULS WHILE
PEOPLE, GREAT SOULS WHILE SEEKING PEACE, MAURMUHARMONY AND
SEEKING PEACE, MAURMUHARMONY AND FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL OF THE
FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL OF THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.
NATIONS OF THE WORLD. THANK YOU.
THANK YOU. GOD PRESS YOU, GOD BLESS OUR

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