The president spoke about his decision-making in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd for “Meet the Press.”
President Donald Trump said Friday that he hadn’t given final approval to any military strikes against Iran and he added that no planes were in the air.
In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd for “Meet the Press,” Trump was asked if planes were in the air and the president responded, “No, but they would have been pretty soon, and things would have happened to a point where you would not turn back, you could not turn back.”
“Nothing was green lighted until the very end because things change,” Trump said during the interview with Todd.
Earlier, the president tweeted that he was “cocked and loaded” to strike several targets in Iran but deemed the loss of life would be disproportionate to the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone.
He told NBC on Friday that a plan was “ready to go, subject my approval.”
Trump said he asked his generals, “I want to know something before you go. How many people would be killed, in this case Iranians?”
The generals said approximately 150 people would be killed, the president said.
“I thought about it for a second and I said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it, and here we are sitting with a 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour after I said go ahead,” Trump said. “And I didn’t like it, I didn’t think, I didn’t think it was proportionate.”
The interview will air Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Watch more of the interview today on MSNBC and on “Nightly News with Lester Holt” at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT.