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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  • Sadanandan A.
    4 days

    America intervened in many countries governence in a പ്രീറ്സ് to

  • Dragan G.
    6 days

    Ko se maca lati od maca i umire solarijum stajl nigeru

  • Angelica S.
    6 days

    dumhuvve är vad han har

  • Patricia F.
    7 days

    Only been chaos since you entered office

  • Alic A.
    03/23/2020 00:46

    all you have to do is pay for the oil

  • Osazee E.
    03/21/2020 17:02

    Nice one

  • John H.
    03/14/2020 08:21

    ObamA I think was an eu agent in USA. As the name of yuli almost every day beggar my money. She was a girl that paid his study at intermediate school for about 1 year. Her father is ambon tribe. Ambon was used by Dutch gov as it's soldiers against people In indonesia There are so many ambon in Netherland because they are protected by Dutch. Then yuli by voice to assume as Obama. I guess mh 17 shooting was known by Obama before shooting. So the shooter was not Russia.

  • Joe C.
    03/09/2020 20:13

    Since Hoojibooji or whatever his name was got taken out whilst directing terrorism the Iranians have been peaceable so what is the point here ??

  • Luis R.
    03/06/2020 19:17

    🇺🇸Trump 2020!

  • Stanley C.
    03/06/2020 13:33

    Greatest President of all time.

  • Benjamin G.
    03/06/2020 00:04

    I dont see how these dont match. Explain please

  • Michael R.
    03/04/2020 03:57

  • Daniel J.
    03/03/2020 02:14

    What war thou 😂

  • Faustino T.
    02/29/2020 23:44

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  • Diane D.
    02/29/2020 13:52

    President Trump we will vote for you again and again.

  • Freddie F.
    02/29/2020 12:33

    Biggest lying POS ever to squirm this God given Earth!

  • Patsy P.
    02/29/2020 03:18


  • Louis R.
    02/28/2020 21:55

    And look who's starting the war now , TRUMP is

  • Jennie R.
    02/28/2020 21:35

    No you don't you jerk

  • Rich D.
    02/28/2020 13:08

    Ron Paul said you kill thousands of people over in the middle east they will retaliate .thanks to Bush Cheney they spent 3trillion of our grandfather's social security money on that war. And they don't back Trump shame on them.