Cornyn Reacts to President’s Address on Iran
by John Cornyn on January 9, 2020 at 12:09 PM
Recently on the Senate floor, I gave the following remarks after President Trump’s televised address on Iran. Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.
After General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a targeted drone strike late last week in an act of self-defense, and to deter further aggression against America and our allies, our forces were on high alert for an Iranian attack. President Trump and our military leaders emphasized that we would be prepared for whatever response Iran chose to deliver, and by all accounts, we were.
I’m confident that this Administration's maximum pressure campaign, combined with our unparalleled military capabilities, as well as the President's decisive actions that have culminated in the air strike last week, have prevented a much worse outcome from this attack by Iran.
I applaud the President for speaking this morning to the American people and making it clear that under his watch, Iran will never ever have a nuclear weapon.
We can't relieve this maximum pressure campaign, and we also must remain cognizant of the dangers of creating power vacuums in the Middle East.
I also hope that our allies in Germany and France and the United Kingdom will work with us to persuade the U.N. to invoke the snapback provisions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to restore international sanctions and restrictions on the Iranian regime.
While the United States has not purposely sought out further conflict that would lead to an unnecessary loss of life, we need to defend - we must always defend - American personnel and our interests in the Middle East.
I continue to be proud of our military leadership and the rank-and-file service members who work so hard to protect the United States and our national interests in the Middle East and around the world.