The attack on Iran was ready but a few minutes before the start of the US president, Donald Trump, gave the order to stop it.
In a message posted on Twitter, the president confirmed what the New York Times and the AP had said: he had ordered Iran to attack but backed out minutes before it was executed.
The action was to be the response to the shooting down of a spy drone, which according to Tehran had violated its airspace but the US. He says he was on international waters.
The president revealed that the operation had three defined objectives. But Trump decided not to do it.
Why trump said stop?
The US president said he made the decision to prevent the death of dozens of people.
“When I asked how many people will die: ‘150, sir,’ was the response of a general, 10 minutes before the attack I stopped him, it is not proportional to having shot down an unmanned drone,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
“I have no hurry, our military force is rebuilt, new and ready to act, it is by far the best in the world, the sanctions are hurting and we added more last night,” he said.