Wednesday, 19 February 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, Chiarman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley and Vice President Mike Pence in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. Trump said on Wednesday the United States did not necessarily have to use its military power against Iran, in an apparent attempt to defuse a crisis over the American killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives through the Blue Room to deliver a statement about Iran as U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley and Vice President Mike Pence await him in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. In an address from the White House, Trump said no Americans were harmed in Iranian missile attacks on military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq and suggested Washington might not carry out immediate retaliation. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. "The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent," he said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Iran's missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. "Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world," he said. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. military leaders in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. Trump stopped short of making any direct threat of military action against Iran but said the United States "will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime" in response to what he called "Iranian aggression." REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump departs, flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Army Chief of Staff General James McConville, Chiarman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after delivering a statement in the wake of Iran's missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque