GOP lawmaker: New sanctions provide 'offramp' from rising US-Iran tensions

Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherPelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei Hillicon Valley: Tech confronts impact of coronavirus | House GOP offers resolution to condemn UK over Huawei | YouTube lays out plans to tackle 2020 misinformation GOP lawmakers introduce resolution denouncing UK's Huawei decision MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE for de-escalating tensions with Iran by focusing on sanctions instead of further hostilities.

“I think we’re going to go in the direction of increasing maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime,” Gallagher, who is an Iraq War veteran and member of the House Armed Services Committee, told Hill.TV.

“When the dust settles, if what we’re left with is Trump has taken Qassem Soleimani off the battle field and the Iranians have done very little in response, that’s a massive win for the administration,” he added.

During an address to the nation on Wednesday morning, Trump said he would be imposing new “punishing” sanctions against Tehran following missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” Trump said before adding that Tehran “appears to be standing down.”

The president's comments come less than a week after he ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The move was characterized as a defensive measure by the Trump administration, though Democrats have dismissed it as an unnecessary provocation.

“We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday night in a tweet following the Iran strike directed at U.S. troops.

—Tess Bonn