Moulton: Trump 'lacks the credibility' to keep US out of war with Iran

Moulton: Trump 'lacks the credibility' to keep US out of war with Iran
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night MORE (Mass.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE, saying a weak U.S. commander in chief makes the world more dangerous and increases the chances of the nation getting dragged into war with Iran.

The Marine veteran told ABC "This Week" host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Trump's March internal polling showed him far behind Biden in battleground states: ABC MORE that he's concerned about a Gulf of Tonkin-like incident taking the U.S. to war with Iran, just as the original incident helped start the Vietnam War.

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He said national security advisor John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonGulf tanker attack leads to spike in oil prices Trump on disputed claim of Russian withdrawal from Venezuela: 'Ultimately I'm always right' Trump on disputed claim of Russian withdrawal from Venezuela: 'Ultimately I'm always right' MORE is pushing for war, adding that President Trump, having not served in the Vietnam War, "lacks the credibility to keep us out of this one."

"The fact of the matter is there are a lot of dangers we're facing around the world because we have a weak commander in- chief in Donald Trump. That's why in this race I'm taking him on not just as president but as commander in chief," Moulton said.

"We've got to start talking about how to make America safe and strong, from our communities to our border to across the globe to restoring America's leadership," he added. "And you do that through strength, you do that by showing how America will make the world stronger and safer together."

Moulton touted his Marine credentials and first-hand perspective of fighting in the Middle East to make his case, saying he had fought Iranians in Iraq.

"It was bloody. We won. And if necessary I will fight Iran again," he said. "But right now war is not necessary."