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.


01/03/2020 11:58 PM
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  • Janice W.
    a day

    trump showed strength without going to war...thats much smarter than giving money to manufacture more bombs like obama did

  • Barbara S.
    a day

    You just sent EVEN MORE troops there, A hole

  • Janice C.
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  • Darwin P.
    a day

    Trump 2020

  • Rose E.
    a day

    Forgot youcTRUMP

  • Billy A.
    a day

    This guy here smh

  • Don S.
    a day

    Love the way he gets all the idiots stired up

  • Thomas Z.
    a day

    You people are insane. Delusional followers who have no sense of what the people of your nation feel towards the president

  • Yvonne C.
    a day

    defending Americans is not wanting war, I just can't believe people are so gullible! it sure wasn't another Benghazi and killing a terrorist who's murdered thousands is not at all a terrible thing!

  • Dave S.
    a day

    My God you have to be a complete moron to sit there and listen to that and believe this pathological liar.

  • Joan R.
    a day

    You are a liar

  • Cora W.
    2 days

    He just want tjey oil he dam crooks Rep are backers yhey in too greedy people all cost. This very greedy man money v Drive his bus tje wheels on bus goes round an round where stop. Vote Bulr. Stop Rep piggy bank

  • Darrell H.
    2 days

    He kill three high ranking terrorists who plan ways to kill are American soldiers. That not starting a war that protecting are soldiers from bad people.

  • Cindy G.
    2 days

    Trump got him before he got us. What's wrong with that. Are we supposed to wait for another terrorist attack before we go get him. You all forget about 911 already

  • Allan L.
    2 days

    Idiot, imbecile, moron. The biggest; bigly!

  • Johan C.
    2 days

    Es un grandísimo pendejo

  • David B.
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  • Thomas B.
    2 days

    Neither Warmonger or Dove. Trump is just an A__.

  • Mike-Sharon P.
    2 days

    Vote Blue

  • Deanna S.
    2 days

    cause he has a pee brain and he has the nerve to say things about veterns