Trump: I’m ‘Not Going to Need an Exit Strategy’ If There’s War With Iran

Trump: I’m ‘Not Going to Need an Exit Strategy’ If There’s War With Iran

President Trump says he will not “need an exit strategy” if he leads America into a war with Iran.

Trump made the remarks during an Oval Office press gaggle on Tuesday.

“You’re not going to need an exit strategy,” he told reporters in response to a question about whether he even had one if war breaks out. “I don’t need exit strategies.”

With any other president, one might assume he does not “need” an exit strategy because he has a plan to keep the country out of war. With Trump, it just means he is assuming he’ll win the current faceoff with Iran (whatever winning means in his mind) and doesn’t need to plan for contingencies.

A few minutes later, the president said of Iranians that “it’s too bad this is happening, they’re living badly right now. Their country’s not doing well economically at all.”

Iran’s economy is struggling because Trump slapped sanctions on it when he pulled out of the nuclear deal. So to say “it’s too bad this is happening” as if this is some mysterious economic downturn and not the result of specific choices made by the president is the ultimate use of passive voice. It is the equivalent of an arsonist burning down a building and then claiming to have no idea how the fire started.

Watch both videos above, via CNN.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.