In November 2011, Mr. Trump did argue that Mr. Obama would start a war in order to get re-elected.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011
“I think it’s an overstatement to say we’re at the brink of war,” Mr. Himes said.
However, the Democrat argued that Mr. Trump’s comments were geared to rally political support.
“We need to be very sensitive to the fact that this president, who doesn’t have a very sophisticated sense of international relations, regards war was a way to solve political problems,” he said.
Mr. Himes said the U.S. should avoid getting into a war with Iran like it did with Iraq. He argued it has been a “long time” since Americans were “really revulsed” by the effects of the Iraq war.
“So most people have forgotten what it’s like to open the newspaper every day and see four or five or six American names, who were killed in a Middle Eastern war,” he said, “and if Iraq was tough, wait until you try Iran.”
“I think it’s an overstatement to say we’re at the brink of war,” says Rep. @JAHimes in response to President Trump tweeting an explosive threat to Iran. “I think that’s probably not true.” https://t.co/wUA3om4Wllpic.twitter.com/JdiJ5uwJax— New Day (@NewDay) July 23, 2018
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
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