Trump 'All Is Well' Tweet Shows President Doesn't Care About the Situation of U.S. Troops Under Fire in Iraq, Congressman Says

After Iranian missiles fell on military bases hosting U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Tuesday, President Donald Trump sought to soothe worried followers by tweeting, "All is well!"

"Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq," the president explained. "Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!"

Initial reports indicate no American casualties from the ballistic missile strikes, which targeted the Ayn al-Assad air base in Iraq's western majority-Sunni province, and a facility near Erbil airport in the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region. Iranian media has claimed that dozens of Americans were killed.

The attacks marked the latest escalation in the low-intensity U.S.-Iran conflict, which in past weeks has seen tit-for-tat rocket attacks in Iraq, the storming of the American embassy in Baghdad and the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

But according to a Colorado congressman, Trump's immediate reaction to the missile attacks shows he does not understand or care about military procedure or those who came under fire.

Demoratic Rep. Jason Crow—a decorated veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq—told MSNBC Tuesday: "I've been at many of these bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I've been on the receiving end of rocket and mortar attacks, I know what it is like to be at a base when these kinds of things are happening—they're terrifying. The soldiers, the troops that are at these bases are under attack right now. They're scared, their families are scared."

Crow said the military has processes by which families are informed of any casualties before the media and general public.

But for the president to circumvent that process via Twitter even before full battle damage assessments are completed, "really shows that he doesn't understand what is going through the minds of these troops right now," Crow said.

The congressman described the president's tweet as "a terrible circumvention of the command structure and the way that we've set this up to really protect families and protect troops in situations like this."

"I don't think he really comprehends, nor does he seem to care, the impact on the troops in this region," Crow added.

The ballistic missile strikes appear to be Iran's public retaliation for the death of Soleimani, a highly influential general who commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' clandestine Quds Forces. He was killed in an American drone strike in Baghdad last week.

Tuesday's attacks seem designed to fulfil Iran's threats of retaliation while avoiding further dangerous escalation via additional American casualties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter that Tehran "took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense." The president is due to address the nation on Wednesday morning to give his response.

Crow said Tuesday's attack is one of "many byproducts of what I believe was a very impulsive decision," referring to Soleimani's assassination.

"There's no doubt in my mind that general Soleimani was a bad guy," he said, "but we don't go around shooting missiles at all of the bad actors out there because there are consequences of doing it."

"General Soleimani has been spending the better part of the last two decades trying to drive U.S. forces from Iraq—that is one of Iran's primary goals here, is to remove U.S. forces from the region," Crow continued. "Because they know if they can accomplish that, that they will have relatively unchecked power in the region."

"If that ultimately drives us out of Iraq and achieves Iran goals, we will be less safe, Iraq will be less safe, and all of our partners in the region will be less safe as a result of it."

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