U.S. retreats from threat to attack Iran's cultural sites
U.S. President Donald Trump backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates against the U.S. for killing one of its top generals.
After first tweeting the threat and later reiterating it to reporters as he flew back to Washington over the weekend, Trump retreated, saying, “I like to obey the law.”
But he still sounded offended by the idea that such sites would be off limits during armed conflict. “Think of it,” Trump said during an Oval Office appearance. “They kill our people. They blow up our people. And then we have to be very gentle with their cultural institutions?” the AP cited him as saying.
Trump added: “But I’m OK with it. It’s OK with me.” He then issued yet another stern warning to Iran to stand down, saying, “If Iran does anything they shouldn’t be doing, they are going to be suffering the consequences, and very strongly.”