Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) said the recent drone strikes that have been blamed on Iran may be “the thing that calls for military action” during an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday morning.
“First, I want to see the intelligence. But it seems credible that the Houthis don’t have the sort of advanced drones that carried out this crippling strike on Saudi oil facilities,” Coons said. “My hope that the president will consult with his generals, his diplomats, his advisors will look hard at the intelligence. Iran is one of the most dangerous state sponsors of terrorism. This may well be the thing that calls for military action against Iran if that’s what the intelligence supports.”
“What about people who say, ‘You know, we got our own oil, we don’t need that oil as much as we used to. Not our problem.’ What would you say to that?” Kilmeade asked.
“One of the things that has kept America safe and secure for seven decades is a global network of alliances,” Coons said. “Obviously our alliance with the Saudis has been badly strained by the murder of Khashoggi and by some of the other things that MBS, the crown prince, has done.”
Tensions in the region, especially with Iran, have continued to escalate as Iran scrambles to survive amid U.S. sanctions.
It remains unclear if President Trump will respond militarily.