President Trump: Iran war was closer than you thought

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing U.S. troops in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and others looks on. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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UPDATED 5:30 PM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

President Trump has admitted the U.S. narrowly avoided going to war with Iran earlier this year. While speaking at an off-the-record lunch with TV anchors on Tuesday, the president reportedly said a war with Iran was “closer than you thought.”

The president’s comments came in response to a question on tensions with Iran in early January. This followed the killing of General Qasem Soleimani and several retaliatory strikes from Iran.

Iran’s ayatollah is now making new threats against the United States.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 5, 2020. Khamenei said Wednesday that Donald Trump’s Mideast plan will not outlive the president. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

“America’s plan for the Middle East will definitely not succeed, this plan will die before Trump’s death,” stated Ayatollah Khamenei. “What they did and are pursuing is firstly stupid, secondly, it is a sign of their wickedness, and thirdly, it is already harming them from the start.”

President Trump said he will continue to stand up to the ayatollah regime while supporting the Iranian people.

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