President Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran Sunday, saying it could not take any further action against the US.
Trump made the comments during an interview with NBC's Meet the Press .
"What happened is, I said, 'I'm not going to do it. I'll save it. If they do anything else, it'll be double, '"Trump said. So he said, "I'm not looking for it and it's there, it'll be oblique just like you've never seen before."
The president tweeted Friday he had a limited military strike "cocked & loaded" on Thursday, but it would have resulted in about 1
Trump did not mention the cyberattack the US launched against Iran, but instead said: "We're increasing the sanctions now. But the response is always going to be very strong. "
Trump says he does not believe Iran wants armed conflict. "I think they want to negotiate," he said. "And I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear. "
The US has a nuclear deal with Iran; it was negotiated under the Obama administration, and involved several other countries, including France, the UK, and China. Iran is dismantling its nuclear program. All of the deal's signatories were in compliance with it until Trump exited it in 2018.
The president has said that he would negotiate a new deal. But that has not happened, and last week, Iran announced that it would, too, would cease to comply with the deal by stockpiling forbidden amounts of uranium.
Sunday, Trump described his vision for a new deal. It would have the same goal as the deal he left, and the Iranian people similar economic benefits.
"Here it is," the president said. "You can not have nuclear weapons. And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise, you may be in a shattered economy for a long time to come. "
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, for talks with" no preconditions. " Trump has been advocated for before. As Vox's Alex Ward wrote, "For decades, American leaders have Trump, however, does not seem to care about any of that."
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says: "Speaking to other people, especially when you're
Not everyone in Trump's administration shares this view, something he acknowledged Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are known to be hawkish on Iran. Bolton called for regime change in the country, saying in a speech, "The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs regime."
He has not signaled that's changed his position. "Yeah, John Bolton is absolutely a hawk," Trump told Todd.
But Trump also said: "If it's up to you, take it to the whole world at one time, okay?" he counts "both sides" – doves and hawks – among his advisers.
Trump: "I have some hawks. John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. pic.twitter.com/JKVB2IvMVU
– Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019
When the topic of conversation turned to another adversary – Russia – Trump did not speak about Russian interference in the upcoming presidential election.
"I may," Trump said.
"I may," said Vladimir Putin later this week at the G20 summit ] Trump gave ABC News's George Stephanopoulos, in which he said he would accept information from foreign actors if it were offered during his 2020 reelection campaign, and that such information would not constitute foreign interference.  on Twitter the following morning writing, "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day …. Should I call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. "
Todd asked Trump if this statement comes to an end with Putin to meddle in the 2020 election. Trump said, "There's a lot of fake news." Putin not to meddle in another US election – instead the president attacked the media and said, "Chuck, there's so much fake news."