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Trump Tells Pentagon that He Does Not Want War With Iran





President Trump told his acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan that he does not want to go to war with Iran, according to several government officials, who, in a message to his fanatical colleagues, said that against a government led by Islamic clerics in Tehran Increasing American pressure should not grow into open conflicts.



Mr Trump's statement came during a briefing on the growing tension with Iran during a meeting on Wednesday morning in the situation room. American intelligence has indicated that Iran has placed missiles on small boats in the Gulf of Persian, thereby increasing the apprehension that Tehran could attack American soldiers or property or its allies.



No new information was given to the President in a meeting that argued for further engagement with Iran. But Mr. Trump said that he does not want a military confrontation with the Iranian, many officials said.


On Thursday, Mr. Trump was asked during a visit by the Swiss president, Ueli Maurer, whether the United States was going to war with Iran.


“I hope not,” he replied.



CTM News | 16th May 2019

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