President Trump addresses nation; FL lawmakers in Congress react to retaliatory missile strikes by Iran

President Donald Trump addressed the nation, Jan. 8, 2020. Screenshot from CBS special report.

After the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military figure, Iran retaliated with missile strikes on bases stationed in Iraq, according to news reports. A Boeing plane also crashed near Tehran but it’s not clear about what happened.

Today U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no deaths, according to the New York Times. But some news sources reported that Iranian media outlets touted dozens of American casualties from the missile strikes.

President Donald Trump sent out a tweet last night.

He said: “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well-equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”

At a news conference this morning, President Trump said, “Our great American forces are prepared for anything.”

“Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world,” the president said. “We will never that happen.”

President Trump also said he’ll ask NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to become much more involved in the Middle East process.

Protesters demonstrate outside the White House on January 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Iran fired at least a dozen missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq in response to the U.S. drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guards commander Qassim Suleimani. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Florida lawmakers in Congress are reacting to the events on social media.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Pensacola Republican and Trump supporter, took to Twitter with his analysis of Trump’s strategic actions dealing with Iran.

“The Trump Doctrine is one where we strike and then move, not invade and then try to persuade people that we’re liberators,” he tweeted.

“The violence Iran has undertaken has been animated by the Iran Deal. Let’s make sure the Trump Doctrine is not a continuation of the Obama-Bush Doctrine. Let’s match our military might with the right strategic decisions to get out of the Middle East.”

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat who represents Orange and Seminoles counties, offered her thoughts and prayers for U.S. soldiers in war zones.

In a Twitter post: “As reports come in of attacks on U.S. military installations in Iraq, please join me in praying for the safety of our brave service members and diplomats now in harm’s way. May God be with them and may we find a swift and peaceful resolution to this crisis.”

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a South Florida Democrat, also sent out a sentimental tweet: “Praying for the safety of US personnel in Iraq.”

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat, posted on Twitter: “May God be with our brave troops and diplomats in harm’s way, and their families.  Let’s not escalate or march toward war but find a swift and peaceful resolution.”

Florida Republican U.S. senators also reacted on social media, with both lawmakers proclaiming their confidence in President Trump in responding to the missile strikes against the U.S. 

Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted: “US was prepared for the attack launched tonight by the #IRGC @potus has a broad range of options available to respond. We will soon have a fuller assessment of this attack. Thereafter I am very confident he will pursue an appropriate response & act at a time of our choosing.”

“Our unique capabilities provide @potus time to assess the #IranAttacks & determine a response. Worth noting that we already have several indications that this attack may have been aimed at portraying strength inside #Iran while avoiding escalation against a superior military.”

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said: “Our men and women in uniform are the best in the world. @realDonaldTrump has proven he will take any action necessary to protect those who serve our country. #Iran should consider their next move wisely.”

“The safety of Americans & our military is a top priority. It appears Iran’s attack was just an attempt to save face, but any aggression towards our personnel will not be tolerated.”


Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.