Did This Fox News Star Talk Trump Out of Striking Iran?
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Tucker opened his show by praising Trump for resisting calls to war with Iran.— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) June 21, 2019
When his show ended, Sean Hannity promised Trump "will bomb the hell out of" Iran, because this is "simple peace through strength"
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However, Trump had already decided to call off retaliatory strikes, claiming they were disproportionate after learning the military expected hundreds of Iranian casualties.
Many insiders in Washington are speculating Fox News' Carlson also swayed Trump by making an impassioned plea against the "warmongers in Washington."
The Daily Wire's James Barrett has more:
Despite "noble intentions," our attempts to "remake the Middle East in our image" has resulted in "dismal failure," said Carlson, in comments delivered during his primetime Fox show. "Donald Trump was one of the rare Republican politicians honest enough to admit this. He said it out loud three years ago, and promised not to repeat the same mistakes if elected president. And partly because he said that, he was elected president."
And now, said Carlson, the same people who pushed for the Iraq "quagmire" are doing it again, this time calling for war with Iran. "The president, to his great credit, appears to be skeptical of this — very skeptical," said Carlson.
Carlson then highlighted comments Trump made Thursday after Iran downed a U.S. surveillance drone in which he clearly attempted to de-escalate the situation:
Trump's response, said Carlson, is "not nearly bellicose enough for the permanent foreign policy establishment in Washington, many of whom crave a war with Iran, and see every provocation as an opportunity to start one."
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