Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is giving President Donald Trump a major round of applause this week for handling the latest threat from Iran.
During an interview on Fox News, Paul praised Trump for backing out of an attack on Iran and said he was “proud” of the president for showing restraint.
The Kentucky Republican said it showed the quality of leadership from the president to stop a potential escalation of tensions with Iran after the terror regime has attempted to provoke the U.S. several times.
“You know, I’m really proud of President Trump for showing restraint, it really takes a statesman to show restraint amidst a chorus of voices for war. Whether the sanctions will work I think is another story,” Paul said.
Paul went on to explain why he believes there is tension with Iran and why the new sanctions Trump signed against the terror regime may not work long term.
“Currently, from the Iranian perspective, they see the sanctions as an act of war. Cutting off their ability to sell any oil to Asia. Which the previous sanctions actually allowed them to sell some oil.
It’s actually becoming so stringent that they have a couple of possibilities. Either they say ‘oh, we’re sorry and we’re going to negotiate,’ or they say ‘we’re really, really mad and we’re gonna fight.’”
Just this month alone, Iran has carried out an attack on an oil tanker, shot down an unmanned U.S. military surveillance drone, and threatened to enrich uranium up to 20 percent, which is just a step below weapons-grade level.
Trump and several other nations are declaring Iran was responsible for the attacks on the oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman, citing a video released by the U.S. Navy that they say showed an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine.
“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” last Friday. “They’re a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you.”
Last week, Trump confirmed that the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for shooting down a U.S. drone, but backed off at the last minute because he felt the response would not be “proportionate.”
U.S. Generals told the president that 150 Iranians would die as a result of the strike, which is why Trump decided to call off the mission.
“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” Trump tweeted.