In a series of tweets, Trump took aim at the Obama administration's "terrible deal with Iran", defended his decision to pull out of Obama's much-maligned Iran deal, and explained his rationale for pulling back on the strike. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. "Now they are Bust!"
The FAA confirmed there were "numerous civil aviation aircraft operating" in the area over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman when Iran launched a surface-to-air missile that shot down a USA drone this week.
"It's important to note that Trump can't just unilaterally go to war with Iran - the Constitution says he needs authorization from Congress, which he does not have" Seth Meyers said on Late Night.
"You're going to see a different kind of strike entirely if Americans are killed by Iranians, but this strike, I think, is on the shelf and it's likely not going to be redone", he said.
On Thursday night, The New York Times reported that us military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike against Iran, "as late as 7 p.m. Thursday", after "intense discussions and debate" among the nation's top national security officials and congressional leaders. In other words, radar missile commander control, etc. Sources tell CBS News concerns from USA allies were one factor in the president's decision to stand down.
A Fox News report quoted General Jack Keane, who said the stand-down by the US President happened based on "last minute intel" confirming Trump's instinct which he expressed at the Oval Office earlier by saying that the attack on the drone was a "mistake".
Sources told ABC's Katherine Faulders that there was a National Security Council-led meeting at the White House on Thursday morning to go over the situation in Iran.