Dem rep: Trump 'regards war as a way to solve political problems'

Dem rep: Trump 'regards war as a way to solve political problems'
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Overnight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy House panel urges intelligence community to step up science and technology efforts MORE (D-Conn.) on Monday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE regards war as a way to solve political problems, saying that is a "scary thought."


"We need to be sensitive to the fact that this president, who doesn’t have a very sophisticated sense of international relations, regards a war as a way to solve political problems and that’s a scary thought," Himes, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN's "New Day." 

Himes was responding to Trump's late-night tweet threatening Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in which the U.S. president warned Rouhani he should "NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE." 

Himes said it is an "overstatement" to say the U.S. is at the brink of war with Iran, but he pointed out that Trump has mentioned military action with Tehran before.

During former President Obama's presidency, Trump tweeted several times predicting that Obama would go to war with Iran.

"He criticized several times Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBerlin's Madame Tussauds places wax Trump in a dumpster ahead of election New poll shows Biden leading Trump by 6 points in North Carolina Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? MORE and said, 'You just wait, he’s going to start a war with Iran if it feels like he’s on the political ropes,' " Himes said. "So that’s in his head — that’s what worries me." 

Himes added that Americans are forgetting the "horrors of the Iraq war." 

"I still think even though most Americans are starting to forget the horrors of the Iraq War ... there is an ability to say, 'Hey, do we really want to go back to the brink? Do we really want to contemplate another Middle Eastern war?' " Himes said, adding it could become an issue during the November elections. 

"If Iraq was tough, wait till you try Iran," he said. "Iran is a much more powerful country than Iraq ever was." 

The Trump administration in May left the Iran nuclear pact, which lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for the reduction of Iran's nuclear power. The U.S.'s departure from the deal leaves Iran vulnerable to reinstated sanctions, which has escalated tensions between the two countries.

Rouhani on Sunday warned that war with Iran would be the "mother of all wars," prompting Trump's explosive tweets.