On the May 23 edition of Fox & Friends, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to continue the Trump administration’s push that Iran is ramping up its threat to American soldiers in the Middle East, despite satellite images and international sources saying otherwise.
Speaking about the Pentagon’s alleged intention to send over 5,000 troops to the Middle East, Pompeo called the threat of Iranian aggression “real.”
“You can be sure that President Trump will ensure that we have all the resources necessary to respond in the event that the Islamic Republic of Iran should decide to attack Americans or American interests or some of our great soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines that are serving in that region, or the diplomats serving in Iraq or elsewhere.
“The exact force posture the president is looking at every day. We're evaluating the risks, making sure that we have it right. This is an important mission. We have 40 years of terror coming out of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President Trump is determined to change the course of that regime.”
Pompeo also stated that sanctions against Iran “have certainly had their intended effect.”
“They have put constraints on the leadership in Iran's ability to foment terror. There are Hezbollah soldiers who are no longer being paid, or being paid a fraction of what they were being paid before.”
Pinning blame on U.S.-Iranian relations under Obama, he continued, “The previous administration took a different path. They underwrote that government, giving them hundreds of billions of dollars and the ability to put the terror team in place that we're seeing today, the very terror threat that we're facing. President Trump's taken a very different course of action.”