President Donald Trump wants to take a diplomatic strategy when it comes to lowering recent tensions with Iran, rather than allowing it to spiral into an armed conflict, several officials said, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
Trump’s sentiment is reportedly at odds with some of his staff, including national security adviser John Bolton.
Foreign policy hardliners like Bolton have alleged that recent provocations from Tehran and its associates were proof that it is plotting against the US.
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President Donald Trump wants to try a diplomatic strategy, when it comes to lowering recent tension with Iran, rather than allowing it to spiral into an armed conflict, several official said in a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
Trump is reportedly frustrated with advisers who are angling for a direct confrontation of Iran, a senior official familiar with the matter said to The Post. Trump’s sentiment is reportedly at odds with some of the staffers, including John Bolton, his hardline national security adviser. Bolton is a known hawk in the foreign policy community and has advocated for regime change in Iran.
Trump campaigned on avoiding costly foreign wars, but also on taking a tougher line on Iran and pulling out of the nuclear deal (which he did after taking office).
The US military deployed several military assets to the region after saying it received “clear indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces in the region.”
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But some US officials accused the Trump administration of exaggerating the Iranian threat, ostensibly to prepare for a conflict.
Trump brushed off news reports suggesting members of his administration were butting …read more
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