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Steve Kerr worried President Trump leading America into 'another war'

Steve Kerr worried President Trump leading America into 'another war'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Like many Americans, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is disgusted with the United States’ use of military aggression this week, concerned about its ramifications and profoundly skeptical of the premise stated by President Donald Trump.

“I’m worried that we’re going to end up in another war,” Kerr said before the Warriors-Pistons game Saturday night at Chase Center.

“So, I try to use my Twitter platform to remind people to do their homework before just blindly waving the flag and get ourselves into another mess, like we did in Iraq.”

President Trump on Friday ordered, before notifying Congress, an airstrike that resulted in killing Gen. Qassim Soleimani, a top military commander in Iran.

Shortly after Soleimani’s death was confirmed, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, vowed revenge, to which the U.S. responded by sending 3,000 troops into the Middle East.

Kerr, who has been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s conduct, referred to the attack via Twitter eight times Friday.

“We have to be very careful now with what we’re being told,” Kerr said. “If we’re led into another war, the implications for so many families, so many people, are so drastic that we all need to understand what’s happening and support our troops by making sure we press our government to do the right thing.”

Kerr specifically recalled two of the occasions in which American citizens were “misled by our government,” citing wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

Roughly 18 months after the 9/11 terrorist attack on U.S. soil, President George W. Bush initiated the war in Iraq, gaining support by exploiting the wave of patriotism that followed the attack. There was not, however, any evidence of Iraqi involvement.

With Iran in the midst of three days of national mourning, demonstrators denouncing the airstrike and the State Department urging American citizens to leave the region, the message from the Trump White House is that the airstrike was a necessary preemptive move to repel a potential terrorist attack against the U.S.

Kerr said he supports the veterans but also urges Americans to look deeper than simple, seductive messages from the government.

“What would be even more supportive is to not get involved and not send soldiers overseas to unwinnable, unnecessary wars in the first place,” Kerr said. “That’s how we can best support our men and women who are representing us.”

Steve Kerr declines to comment on President Trump's latest Twitter jab

Steve Kerr declines to comment on President Trump's latest Twitter jab

Steve Kerr refused to take the bait.

The Warriors coach was asked after practice Saturday if he had a response to President Donald Trump's tweet from Friday night in which the Commander in Chief called Kerr "weak and pathetic" for his answers on the NBA-China controversy.

Kerr simply shook his head. He didn't say a word.

The reporters pressed on and asked if Kerr was surprised he once again drew Trump's ire.

Again, Kerr shook his head. He wasn't taking the bait. He wasn't going to give Trump another reason to tweet about him.

The back-and-forth between Kerr and Trump started Monday when Kerr didn't feel comfortable giving an opinion on the situation surrounding Daryl Morey's comments regarding protests in Hong Kong and China's subsequent response.

Then, during a press conference Wednesday, Trump called out Kerr and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for their answers on China.

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A day later, a calm Kerr provided a thoughtful response to media, citing his prior interactions with former presidents. But that carefully-worded response clearly wasn't the end of the war of words.

It continued Friday with Trump's latest tweet. With his lack of a response Saturday, it's clear Kerr isn't trying to prolong the exchange and wants to focus on the Warriors' training camp.

President Trump takes another shot at Warriors' Steve Kerr over China

President Trump takes another shot at Warriors' Steve Kerr over China

Steve Kerr tried to take the high road Thursday, but it didn't defuse the situation with President Donald Trump.

At 11:25 p.m. ET on Friday, President Trump fired up Twitter and took another shot at the Warriors coach.

The latest tweet from President Trump continues the war of words between him and Kerr.

During a press conference Wednesday, President Trump called out Kerr and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for what he believed were weak answers on the NBA-China controversy.

A day later, Kerr spoke to reporters in San Francisco and offered a thoughtful response. He shared stories of his experiences with previous presidents and how different things are now.

“I realize the horse was out of the barn a long time ago,” Kerr said Thursday. “But for me personally, this was my experience with, wow, has the office sunken low. My hope is that we can find a mature unifier, from either party, to sit in that chair and try to restore some dignity to the Oval Office again. And I think it will happen.”

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The Warriors practice on Saturday, and Kerr likely will get his chance to respond to President Trump's latest tweet.