Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday claimed it was “important” to have a president like Donald Trump because he and his administration officials don’t “study” or form “commissions” to analyze complex problems before making decisions, reports Newsweek.
“This is why it’s so important to have a president who isn’t a typical politician, because he and his team don’t sit around and say, ‘well, let’s study it, let’s have a commission about it,'” Conway said during an interview with Fox News Sunday as she discussed the Trump administration’s response to a drone attack targeting Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Aramco. The Houthis, a Yemeni group which is allied with Iran, claimed responsibility for the attack which disrupted 5 percent of the global oil supply over the weekend.
“Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo went right out there and pointed the finger at the aggressor here, the Iranian regime,” she continued.
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“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo tweeted on Saturday. “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the accusation in an official statement on Sunday.
“In international relations, even ‘hostility’ [should have] a minimum degree of credibility and logical frameworks, but the U.S. officials have ignored even such minimum principles,” foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called out Pompeo in a tweet.
“Having failed at ‘max pressure’, @SecPompeo’s turning to ‘max deceit’. US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory,” Zarif wrote.
Despite Pompeo’s accusation, Conway said that Trump would still consider meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani during the UN General Assembly later this month.
“He said he’ll consider it, and the conditions always must be right with this president,” the Trump adviser said.