Pelosi gives update after White House briefing on Iran attack

Pelosi gives update after White House briefing on Iran attack


WE NEED TO GO TO NANCY PELOSI WHO IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW.>>THE IRANIAN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN ASSET THAT HAS ENDOWED US TO WHO MOTIVATED IT, WAS IT OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED OR A ROGUE ATTACK, WHATEVER IT IS, IT WAS IRANIAN. HOWEVER WE GO FORWARD FROM HERE HAS TO BE STRATEGIC AND SMART AND CLOSE IN ALLIANCE WITH OUR ALLIES. WE HAVE COMMON INTERESTS IN THE REGION. WE KNOW THAT THE HIGH TENSION WIRES ARE UP THERE. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CANNOT TO ESCALATE THIS SITUATION BUT ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PERSONNEL IN THE REGION ARE SAFE.>>AND YOU’RE PUSHING FOR — IF WE WERE TO LAUNCH MILITARY ACTION –>>ONE THING THAT I CAN SAY — I WAS JUST TALKING GENERALLY. IN TERMS OF — IT WAS A MEETING IN TERMS OF WHAT WE WERE TOLD. BUT ON EVERY OCCASION THAT WE’RE ENGAGED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION IN TERMS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, WE MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT IN ORDER TO GET ENGAGED IN ANY MILITARY ACTIVE ANY MILITARY ACTIITY ANY MILITARY ACTIIIE ANY MILITARY ACTIACE ANY MILITARY ACTIACTIVITIES, WEH ANY MILITARY ACTIACTIVITIES, WEV ANY MILITARY ACTIACTIVITIES, WEE TO HAVE A AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE, A UMF THAT IS CLEAR IN OUR CAUCUS AND EVEN AMONG SOME REPUBLICANS. I DON’T SPEAK FOR THEM. BUT ALSO WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES.>>ARE YOU PERSONALLY CONVINCED BASED ON THE INTELLIGENCE YOU’VE SEEN THAT THIS WAS AN IRANIAN ATTACK IN INTERNATIONAL>>YES.>>[QUESTION INAUDIBLE]>>THEY SAID THEY WILL DO THAT. THE BRIEFING THAT WE HAD THIS MORNING IS — FOR THE TIME THAT I WAS THERE, THEY HAD INCREASED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE MEETING TO BE BRIEFED. AND THEREFORE, THEY DECREASED THE LEVEL OF INFORMATION THAT THEY GAVE US. AT ONE POINT THAT I CLEARED THE ROOM. BY THEN, I HAD — WE HAD OUR GUN SAFETY EVENT THAT I HAD TO BE AT. SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY GAVE AFTER I LEFT. IT WAS WELL-INTO THE BRIEFING. SO WHAT WILL THEY GIVE TO A BROADER — I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH MORE THAN IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, BUT NONETHELESS, WE WANT TO BE CURRENT AND WE WANT THE CONFIRMATION OF IT. THAT IS OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION AND FULLY BRIEFED ON WHAT THE PROSPECTS ARE AND WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE AND WHAT THE CHOICES ARE.>>DO YOU AND THE ADMINISTRATION AGREE ON IRAN?>>THEY DIDN’T SAY YES OR NO. JUST MADE OUR STATEMENT.>>SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE ESCALATION. ARE YOU ADVOCATING ANY PARTICULAR ACTIONS?>>NO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ARRAY OF OPTIONS ARE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE PRESIDENT KNOWS. HE DID NOT SHARE THAT WITH US.>>THANK YOU.>>[QUESTION INAUDIBLE]>>I HOPE THAT’S RIGHT. WE TRIED TO — LOOK, THREE THINGS TO REMEMBER. WE MUST — THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. WE’RE DEALING WITH A COUNTRY THAT IS A BAD ACTOR IN THE REGION. WE HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT IRAN IN TERMS OF THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILE TRANSFERS, ABOUT WHO THEY SUPPORT IN THE REGION AND THE REST. SO WE HAVE AN UNTRUSTWORTHY ADVERSARY. THE HIGH TENSION WIRES ARE UP IN THE REGION FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. SOME BILATERAL, SOME RELIGIOUS, WHATEVER. THE HIGH TENSION WIRES ARE UP. THIRD, WE MUST ACT IN A WAY THAT DOES DEESCALATE AND DOES NOT ESCALATE THE TENSIONS AND THE SITUATION THERE. AGAIN, I COME BACK TO WHERE WE BEGIN. WE MUST BE FULLY ENGAGED WITH OUR ALLIES AS WE GO FORWARD. I’M HOPEFUL THAT YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT WHAT SENATOR McCONNELL SAID ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT’S RESPONSE MIGHT BE, BUT I HAVE NO IDEA. THEY MAY HAVE HAD THEIR OWN CONSERVATION. MEASURED BY WHAT MEASURE, WE’LL SEE.>>YOU THINK THE WHITE HOUSE WILL CONSULT WITH CONGRESS BEFORE TAKING ANY ACTION?>>I CANNOT REALLY PREDICT WHAT ACTIONS THE WHITE HOUSE WILL TAKE. THEY DID CONSULT WITH US TODAY OR INFORM US OF — WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR THOUGHTS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. PRESIDENT SAID WE’LL HAVE MORE

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