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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

1994 comments

  • Tebogo M.
    12/20/2020 13:06

    Trump is a man of peace, the establishment doesn’t like him because it still wanna make trillions of dollars from fake wars against weak countries.

  • Danny C.
    12/15/2020 05:55

    Soooo sick of this clown

  • Chandramathy P.
    12/13/2020 04:37

    sir President Donald Trump U are A Dove Only Amen:

  • Xin H.
    12/09/2020 23:58

    Evidence: Obama and Biden received huge bribes from the CCP when they were in power. CCP Confucius Institutes and CCP spies all over the United States are examples!

  • DaHmars H.
    11/27/2020 02:26

    think about middle East... Wat the previous other President did, and war Trump did..

  • Quyên P.
    11/16/2020 12:28

    TT TRUMP vĩ đại. Ngài sẽ tái đắc cử nước mỹ bình yên.

  • Maki S.
    11/14/2020 20:11

    Really important treasures are things that you will notice after you lose them. And a new day begins again. This repetition is life. Treasure the rest of the time.

  • Mark G.
    11/09/2020 18:06

    I think he's better at penetrating these things

  • Will B.
    10/24/2020 13:55

    Trump tell us again about your love ❤️ affair with Kim Jong Un⁉️Zip has changed! A couple of photo Ops! Zilch related to their Nuclear capabilities in North Korea 🇰🇵!All talk👅!👨‍🦰

  • Gary T.
    10/20/2020 18:08

    Trump is racist & prejudice. Trump's way of doing things willcause chaos.

  • Barry D.
    10/19/2020 14:57

    LUNATIC

  • Troy M.
    10/19/2020 01:22

    Obama dropped a bomb on a foreign country everyday of his presidency (8 years FFS)..... let that sink in.

  • Adam B.
    10/18/2020 04:56

    Right you want peace so you increase the military budget, peace in fear is so fragile that it's not true peace, true peace comes from respect of which you lost from your allies

  • Aulikki P.
    10/17/2020 16:11

    😈😈😈😈😈😈😈😈

  • Susan J.
    10/16/2020 01:29

    Hell with other countries its all about $_ n killers. We got our own war here. N besides to busy on other countries to save our own ppl agaisnt terrorism. 9/11 people had no one there to prevent it. Smh

  • Susan J.
    10/16/2020 01:26

    He used the word RESPECT. Lmbo he doesn't do that his self. Spit wasted on him. Smh

  • Klaas B.
    10/15/2020 15:41

    Je bent een smeerlap

  • Henrique M.
    10/14/2020 13:32

    Trump idiot...

  • Debarjun C.
    10/12/2020 16:40

    East or west Donald trump is the best

  • Huee L.
    10/11/2020 07:32

    Mad

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