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Cole Statement on Situation with Iran

January 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement after President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding last night’s Iranian missile strike targeting U.S. military personnel in Iraq.

“I am very grateful and relieved to learn that none of our own service members were harmed during last night’s attack. President Trump has made it clear that terrorist actions against Americans will not go unanswered. If necessary, the United States will respond forcefully to defend and protect our personnel and partners from imminent danger. I am hopeful Iran will grasp this reality, stand down and abandon further escalation.

“In the days ahead, Congress and the Trump Administration must put politics aside and work together. Deterring Iran from future destabilizing actions and terrorist activities and moving toward peace in the region will require not only our collective resolve but working with our allies and partners. It is up to Congress to work with the president and put the safety of our brave men and women in uniform ahead of whatever partisan differences that may exist on other issues.”

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