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President Trump said Thursday he hopes the U.S. does not go to war with Iran, amid concerns in Washington that his administration may be preparing for military action.
“I hope not,” Trump said at the White House when asked about the prospects of an armed conflict with Tehran before his meeting with Swiss President Ueli Maurer, whose country acts as the protecting power for the U.S. in Iran.
The article goes on to state the following:
Lawmakers in both parties have grown frustrated with the White House’s claims of a growing military threat posed by Iran in the Middle East and have urged Trump not to escalate tensions in the region.
“The responsibility in the Constitution is for Congress to declare war,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “So I hope that the president’s advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way.”
Trump has reportedly expressed frustration with some of his hawkish advisers, namely national security adviser John Bolton, who have pushed for a confrontation with Iran. But on Wednesday he denied there is any “infighting” about his “strong policy in the Middle East.”
“Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision – it is a very simple process,” Trump tweeted. “All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.”
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