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Trump on Iran and the Middle East

What Trump has said about Iran and the Middle East and what he just did there... doesn’t quite match.

Officials try to play down Trump’s remarks on Iranian threat

U.S. President Donald Trump’s top national security advisors have appeared on television shows to defend the U.S. assassination of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, which pushed both countries to the brink of war. But the officials backed away from Trump’s assertion that Tehran planned to target four U.S. embassies in the Middle East, a justification he used for the decision to kill Suleimani, the architect of Iran’s regional security strategy.

Congress is still highly skeptical

The administration’s muddled messaging on Iran has added to the public debate over the Jan. 3 strike against Suleimani. Lawmakers—both Democrats and Republicans—are still not satisfied with the evidence the administration has provided in classified briefings to back up the claim that Suleimani was planning an “imminent” attack. Meanwhile, reports that Trump authorized the strike on Suleimani seven months ago could further undermine the administration’s justification.

**Will Iran negotiate? **

Despite recent hostility from both sides, the Trump administration hopes that harsh U.S. sanctions and protests in the streets of Tehran will drive the regime to the negotiating table. Trump tweeted support for the protesters both in English and in Farsi, saying the United States will “continue to stand by you.” But the former commander of U.S. Central Command cautions that Washington must remain vigilant, and that it would be a mistake to take Iran’s word that it does not seek further escalation.

NATO struggles to adapt

Senior NATO officials were not told in advance that Trump would call on the alliance to increase its involvement in the Middle East, U.S. and NATO officials told Foreign Policy —leaving U.S. and NATO officials scrambling to come up with policy ideas to respond. Details are sparse on what Trump is asking for, besides a new name for the Middle East expansion. A NATO delegation, led by Assistant Secretary General for Operations John Manza, was in Washington on Jan. 10 for meetings at the State Department to hash out how to respond to Trump’s request.

Brut.

01/03/2020 11:58 PM

1897 comments

  • René v.
    a day

    He’s such a lying sob. Get that circusact out of the Oval Office.

  • Sam A.
    a day

    President Trump he finished a big part of the war that obama and bush started and he's gonna finish it for good!

  • Rita F.
    a day

    Youre a liar and ineffective, drink some lysol tramp

  • Gunn-Therese T.
    3 days

    He is making war...in his own contry...!!

  • Tim L.
    4 days

    But he hasnt started any wars and he simply stood strong on the threat of an attack from Iran but has negotiated numerous peace deals in the middle east. Thats his job. If there is an attack then that is an act of war in which he must respond. Thats literally his job, like LITERALLY lol

  • Antony S.
    6 days

    President Donald J Trump always Win God bless you President Trump 2020

  • Mary H.
    6 days

    by ugly g by hhüü it

  • Thuralin
    09/15/2020 13:06

    Trump you train too peace

  • Ronald B.
    09/14/2020 14:01

    Cowards don't go to war, but they send the soldiers

  • Eric M.
    09/13/2020 18:52

    He's a freaking freak and just because it hasn't come out to the light but he looks like he had a lot to do with the friend whom ✌✌✌✌ hang himself in jail..

  • Gary G.
    09/13/2020 11:57

    Something like 2,400 drone strikes in 4 years compared to about 1,800 during the eight years of Obama. Taking sides with Israel in a conflict which America would be better appearing more neutral. A peace deal between Israel and UAE, hardly two countries at war but to be fair to Trump, he has been less war orientated than I thought he would be but he's stirred his own country up to the brink of civil war, so hardly worthy of a nomination for Nobel Peace Prize, unless you're a sycophant of the sort he likes!

  • Ranji S.
    09/13/2020 01:50

    Im sorry, 5 yrs in he hasnt invaded Iran or N Korea. Wtf is the point of saying Trump is so dangerous he may use his 2nd term to war with colored people Biden already did?

  • Paul C.
    09/12/2020 20:35

    You started a WAR in your own country you MORON !!

  • Frankie S.
    09/10/2020 21:46

    American government always thinks its a world Government. world leaders do not understand world peace

  • Bassel B.
    09/10/2020 15:44

    U did not start a war with Iran. No peace. Nothing. You just chicken out. 🤮🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺

  • Ilona H.
    09/10/2020 14:01

    Dwaze dwazer het

  • Ann M.
    09/10/2020 12:26

    The Worst Leader Ever

  • Alam T.
    09/08/2020 20:02

    Brag about ur attack on middle east n how much money spend..u mean how many life killed,,ask them how much n many of their loses..this is a modern war,winner dont rule that country..yet loses....

  • Les R.
    09/08/2020 19:41

    If you support this idiot then you are one too!

  • Les R.
    09/08/2020 19:40

    The only peace he's had was what he grabbed!

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