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 Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (Mass.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 StephanopoulosKudlow: 'I don't honestly know' if Trump was joking about China investigating Bidens The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's impeachment woes mount Jordan refuses to say whether Trump asking China for investigation was appropriate 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 BoltonSondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy Trump adviser lays out plans to slash national security staff Mulvaney helped organize controversial Ukraine meeting 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."