President Donald Trump on Monday said that he wasn’t worried about going to war with Iran because the United States is “very high on ammunition now.”
“I’m not concerned at all,” Trump told reporters. “We have military power the likes of which the world has never seen. I’m not concerned at all.”
Trump then told reporters a story about how one of his advisers discouraged military action against an unnamed country due to low “ammunition” he inherited from the Obama administration.
“I’m not blaming anybody,” the president explained. “But that is what he told me. Because we were in a position where with a certain country, I won’t say which one, we may have had conflict. And he said to me, sir, if you could delay it because we’re very low on ammunition. And I said, you know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general.”
“No president should ever, ever hear that statement, we’re low on ammunition. And we now have more ammunition, more missiles, more rockets, more tanks. We have more of in everything than we’ve had before,” he added, before pausing to praise the F-16 fighter jet.
Trump concluded: “So we are very high on ammunition now. That is a story I’ve never told before. Breaking news. But we were very low. I could even say it stronger. I don’t want to say no ammunition but that gets a lot closer.”
Trump puts words in Mattis's mouth, says that when he took office, Mattis told him, "'Sir, we're very low on ammunition' … and I said, you know what? General, I never want to hear that again from another general. Not president should ever, ever hear that statement." pic.twitter.com/u8kSSqT9bb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 16, 2019
Trump claims the US Military – REPEAT: THE US MILITARY – was low on ammunition before he became president. The US Military. Low on ammo. pic.twitter.com/xm2xyU4dgd
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 16, 2019
The President of the United States is claiming (falsely, I should add…but at this point it’s obvious) that the US military, which has a budget of between $600 and $700 billion most years…was low on ammunition but now isn’t because…Trump.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) September 16, 2019
Trump says Mattis asked him to delay potential military action against "a certain country" because (according to Mattis) the military was low on ammunition. "That's a story I never told before. Breaking news."
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 16, 2019
Trump claims Mattis told him that Obama left him “stuck with” a US military “very low on ammunition”
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 16, 2019
Trump says that when he first entered office, Mattis asked him to delay ordering a strike of some sort because 'We're very low on ammunition. "And I said, You know what, General, I never want to hear that again from another general. no president should ever, ever hear that"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 16, 2019
If you think Trump might be telling the truth that the US military was out of ammunition before he took office, you might be an idiot.
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 16, 2019
On Trump's Mattis-ammunition story: the military reported late in Obama's term and early in Trump's that it was running low on bombs (https://t.co/Ji0atu3iCD). Don't currently know if Mattis told Trump to avoid a possible conflict for this reason, but there are some facts here: pic.twitter.com/8PC8zV4btJ
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 16, 2019