Trump to address nation after Iran's retaliation in Iraq

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President Donald Trump speaks at a mental health summit in Washington on Dec. 19, 2019. Copyright Jabin Botsford The Washington Post via Getty Images file
By Adam Edelman with NBC News Politics
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His remarks will come the morning after Iran launched more than two dozen missiles that targeted Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. and coalition forces.


President Donald Trump will address the nation Wednesday morning, less than a day after Iran retaliated for the killing of a top general by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing U.S. forces.

Trump will deliver his remarks from the White House Grand Foyer at 11:00 a.m., the White House said.

Washington and Tehran both confirmed that Iran was the source of the missiles launched at military bases hosting U.S. and coalition forces. The extent of any causalities or damage was not immediately clear.

One of these was the Ain al-Asad air base, which is around 100 miles northwest of Baghdad and was visited by Trump in 2018. The Pentagon did not directly name the second base but said it was in or around Irbil, Iraq's second largest city in the Kurdish-run north of the country.

There were no reports yet of casualties or damage at the two bases.

The attacks at 1:20 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday) came after Iranian leaders had promised "revenge" and "harsh retaliation" for the death last week of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who the U.S. killed with a drone strike in Iraq.

The U.S. blames Soleimani, a high-profile commander of Iran's secretive Quds Force, for a spate of rocket attacks in recent months, including one that killed a U.S. contractor in late December.

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