Q Thank you, Mr. President. Would you consider sending troops to the Middle East to counter Iran, as it was reported?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I would if we need them. I don’t think we’re going to need them. I really don’t. But I have a meeting on it in about an hour. I would certainly send troops if we need them.
Iran has been a very dangerous player — a very bad player. They’re a nation of terror and we won’t put up with it. The deal that was signed by President Obama was a horror show. It’s a terrible deal.
The minute I collapsed that deal and terminated it, Iran went in a very bad direction. They’re now suffering massive problems, financially. They have inflation that’s about the highest in the world. They’re people — and they’re great people. I know many Iranians; they’re great people. But the country is in very bad shape.
When I first came here, that was a country of terror. They were all over. I remember — and I’ve told this story — but I’ve been at many different meetings where every single problem caused in the Middle East — and maybe beyond, but in the Middle East — was caused by Iran. They were behind every single — we had 14 different attacks at one point. They were behind every attack.
So we’ll see what happens with Iran. No, I don’t think we’ll need it. But if we need it, we’ll have — we’ll be there in whatever number we need.