Today’s Campaign Update, Part III
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Since the corrupt news media invariably insists on putting its own corrupt and false spin on any remarks made by U.S. President Donald Trump, we here at the Campaign Update have decided to perform a public service.
Here is a video clip of President Trump’s statement on the U.S. military drone strike that eliminated Soleimani, followed by a transcript of the remarks, free of any commentary whatsoever:
WATCH: Complete statement from President Trump on Soleimani: “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war." pic.twitter.com/MewjkQrWP5
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 3, 2020
Here’s the Transcript:
Thank you very much and good afternoon. As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens. Last night at my direction, the United States military very successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world, 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. Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous to terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American: We will find you, we will eliminate you, we will always protect our diplomats, our military members, all Americans, and our allies.
For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps and its ruthless Quds force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured and murdered hundreds of American civilians and service men. The recent attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq, including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four Americans very badly, as well as the violent assault on our Embassy in Baghdad, were carried out at the direction of Soleimani.
Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London. Today we honor and remember the victims of Soleimani’s many atrocities and we take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over.
Soleimani has been perpetrating acts of terror to destabilize the Middle East for the last 20 years. What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved.
Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protesters in Iran, where more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government. 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. They are a remarkable people with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change; however, the Iranian regime’s aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilize its neighbors, must end and it must end now.
The future belongs to the people of Iran: Those who seek peaceful co-existence and cooperation, not the terrorists and warlords who plunder their nation to finance bloodshed abroad.
The United States has the best military, by far, anywhere in the world. We have the best intelligence in the world. If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary. That in particular refers to Iran.
Under my leadership we have destroyed the ISIS territorial Caliphate, and recently American special operations forces killed the terrorist leader known as Al Baghdadi. The world is a safer place without these monsters.
America will always pursue the interests of good people, great people, great souls, while seeking peace, harmony and friendship with all the nations of the world.
Thank you, God bless you, God bless our great military and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.
That is all.
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