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
© Greg Nash

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment 2020 Democrats urge Israel to reverse decision banning Omar, Tlaib visit 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (Mass.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 StephanopoulosTrump allies defend attacks on Cummings amid Democratic denunciations De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently' Nadler: Resolution condemning Trump's Cummings tweets 'wouldn't be a bad idea' 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said national security advisor John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonTrump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police A US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account 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."