After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.
Trump Calls Fake News on Iran Plan
The president remarked that though a plan like this is not out of the question, he has not yet called for it. He told White House reporters what he thought of the report.
“I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that”
The 120,000 troop figure is comparable to the force that the United States deployed against Iraq in 2003. The president has insisted in the past that he opposed the invasion in Iraq. However, numerous statements on record indicate that the opposite is true. Despite this, it is clear he now recognizes that the invasion was a mistake. Despite this, he still is open to an even greater invasion against Iran.
Was the New York Times Report Right?
Trump did not elaborate on his statement or provide evidence that this was indeed fake news. The half-dozen officials that gave their report to the Times requested anonymity, which the paper granted.
Since they released the report, many sources have written on the event, appearing to confirm it. These include the Air Force Times and the Military Times. It is unclear whether the president has read any of these other stories (or the New York Times report) or has any backing for his opinion.
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