After deciding to pull back from a retaliatory military strike against Iran for downing a Navy surveillance drone, President Donald Trump is now saying that he looks forward to the next steps in U.S. relations with the country.
Trump spoke to reporters at the White House that he has been receiving praise for his decision to not go forward with the strike on Iran, and that he is looking forward to starting over with Iran.
He even echoed his campaign slogan, saying, “Let’s make Iran great again.”
The president also said that Iran made a “very wise decision” by not shooting down a manned aircraft that was reportedly near the drone that was shot down on Thursday.
Reports of that manned plane came from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general that said officials chose not to target it.
Now, Trump wants to limit the country’s nuclear weapons, and relations between the U.S. and Iran are dependent on that deal.
Trump claims that if they can reach a new agreement, Iran is “going to be so happy, and I’m going to be their best friend.” But only if they agree to not having any nuclear weapons.
Iran announced earlier this month that they intend to ramp up their nuclear arsenal, which violates a 2015 nuclear deal that was struck under the Obama administration.
President Trump had previously announced in 2018 that the U.S. was withdrawing from the agreement, but Iran had still been adhering to the agreement until this month.