Donald Trump walked back on his previous threat, claiming in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that he would not attack sites that are significant to Iranian culture.
A reporter asked the president during a pool spray with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the White House if he would target Iranian culture sites in any potential counterattacks.
'Well as I said yesterday, it was very interesting: they're allowed to kill our people, they're allowed to maim our people, they're allowed to blow up everything that we have and there's nothing that stops them,' Trump said. 'And we are, according to a various laws, supposed to be very careful with their cultural heritage.'
'And, you know what, if that's what the law is – I like to obey the law,' he said, contradicting a tweet he sent a day after a drone strike he ordered took out Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
'But think of it,' he continued, 'they kill our people, they blow up our people and then we have to be very gentle with their cultural institutions.'
'But I'm OK with it, it's OK with me,' he insisted. 'I will say this: If Iran does anything that they shouldn't be doing, they're going to be suffering the consequences, and very strongly.'
Donald Trump insisted in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that he would not target Iranian cultural sites in reaction to a potential retaliation from the Middle Eastern nation for the drone strike that took out one of its top military leaders
'I like to obey the law,' Trump said during press questioning following his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
This was a walk back on his threat Saturday where he claimed if Iran attacked Americans, the U.S. would hit back harder by targeting 52 Iranian sites that are 'important to Iran & the Iranian culture'
Trump warned in a tweet Saturday, just one day after Soleimani was killed, that if Iran retaliated he would target more than 50 sites important to its culture.
'Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing