Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE on Tuesday said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE attacking Iranian cultural sites would constitute a war crime under international law. 

The comments from the former South Bend, Ind., mayor and Afghanistan War veteran came after Trump warned Iran that the U.S. has targeted 52 sites, including cultural sites, it would strike if Iran attacks the U.S., a threat the president seemed to back off of on Tuesday.

“Attacking cultural monuments in Iran would be a war crime under international laws,” Buttigieg tweeted Tuesday. “We are a nation of laws. We will act to keep America safe, not destroy cultural sites like the Taliban and ISIS have done.”


Buttigieg added that if he wins the White House, his orders would “not put our troops in legal jeopardy.”

Trump’s warning came after he ordered an airstrike last week that killed top Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

Democrats have criticized Trump for the move, which they argue brings the U.S. closer to war. 

Trump has also been criticized for his comments about hitting cultural sites, which human rights organizations stressed would be considered a war crime under international law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote GOP senator to try to reverse requirement that Pentagon remove Confederate names from bases No, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ MORE (R-Ky.) broke from Trump on Tuesday, telling reporters it is “not appropriate” to threaten Iranian cultural sites.

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