(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Liz Cheney (D-Wyo.), chair of the Republican Conference, told ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous” that the Pentagon’s proposal to send 1,500 U.S. troops to the Middle East to counter Iran is “the right move.”
“It is the right move, and when you look at what we've seen in terms of the threat level, what we've seen in terms of what the Iranians are now doing,” Cheney said.
She said Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) was right to say that the threat from Iran “is not business as usual, and it's very important for the Iranians to understand that we'll do what's necessary to deter them from attacking us through our interests and that we'll do what's necessary to make sure that they understand we aren't going to simply to sit back and allow them to take action that will put our people in harm's way.”
“So, I think the president is doing exactly the right thing, and I support the actions,” Cheney said.
ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked Cheney to comment on a tweet President Donald Trump wrote Saturday, which stated: North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”
“What do you think about what the president said there about a murderous dictator?” Raddatz asked.
Cheney said Trump is “doing the right thing in terms of the policy” with respect to North Korea.
“North Korea has for years, through presidencies of Republicans and Democrats, gone through the exact same steps where they try to make false promises and they get concessions from the United States and they continue their program,” she said.
“What this president has done is say we’re not going to do that. We’re going to require complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization, and he’s walked away from the table when the North Koreans wouldn’t comply, so I would say you’ve got to judge based on actions,” Cheney said.
“You’ve got to look where we are today and where we are today is the president walked away. He was not willing to accept a phony deal, which too many of his predecessors have been,” she added/
“And yet there’s been zero significant progress in denuclearization and we are almost at the one-year mark. Could you respond to the tweet? Is that the right way to do things?” Raddatz asked.
“My view, Martha, is that we are doing the right thing in terms of the policy towards North Korea, and when you look at the situation President Trump inherited, whether you're talking about North Korea, whether you're talking about Iran, whether you're talking about the tremendous hole that the Obama administration dug with respect to our armed forces around the world, the president is doing the right thing,” Cheney said.
“He's providing the resources our military needs to begin to make sure that we can defeat our enemies and adversaries. He withdrew from the devastating Iranian nuclear accord. And with respect to the North Koreans, he has said I will not accept a deal that is not a deal that helps advance this situation,” she added.