Donald Trump read off a teleprompter and gave a speech that he was 30 minutes late to today, in which he responded to Iran’s strike on U.S. bases yesterday, begged for help from NATO, accused former President Obama of treason, and had serious trouble pronouncing words.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world. No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of precautions taken, and an early warning system that worked very well,” Trump said to the nation, while then revealing that his response will be sanctions on Iran.
Trump sniffled and had trouble pronouncing certain words, as you can see in the footage below, where he struggled to say “tolerated.” It was obvious that Trump was getting all the information in the speech for the first time, from whoever wrote it for him.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 8, 2020
In the speech, Trump called for our European allies to now abandon the Iran nuclear deal, and make a new deal with Iran. Trump said he will ask NATO to “become more involved” in the region, and asserted that “we do not need Middle East oil.” Let’s remember that Trump has said a lot of bad things about NATO, including calling it “obsolete.”
“Today I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process.,” Trump said, revealing that he and his assistants actually don’t know what NATO is. NATO is simply a collective defensive agreement of our allies that agree to all fight back against anyone who attacks a NATO member. It stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has little to do with starting conflicts with Iran, like Trump has done.
It’s good that Trump is saying Iran is standing down, which means we probably won’t be going to war with them. But it’s hard to see what the United States gained from this entire situation. After hating on NATO for 3 years, there is no way our allies are going to help him out on this one. Trump is alone here.