Concerns Grow As New York Times Points To Possible War With Iran
Trump has denied the report and called it "fake news."
The New York Times published a report stating Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had presented a plan in response to worries of international forces.
Shanahan's plan involves sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East, should Iran either attack American forces or accelerate work toward nuclear weapons, according to The New York Times.
The report had many members of Congress concerned. Members drew comparisons and criticisms of the war in Iraq and Democratic lawmakers vowed to stop the plan from moving forward.
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The American people do not want endless war! We cannot allow Donald Trump and his national security advisor, John Bolton, to drag us into a war with Iran. The American people must stand up to prevent what would be an unmitigated disaster. https://t.co/lt4r5XCcWQ— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 14, 2019'
This is complete madness.— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 14, 2019'
Trump cancels a diplomatic deal with Iran—against the advice of Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, European allies, the International Atomic Energy Agency—and now has drawn up plans to send 120,000 American troops into a new war in the Middle East. https://t.co/a2GtL4vjXb
This is chilling. Trump and John Bolton are openly laying the groundwork for another war.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 14, 2019'
The only thing we’re relying on to prevent this is Congressional authority and Donald Trump’s sanity. We can’t rely on the latter, so we need to move on the former. https://t.co/pP723mq20h
Despite democratic concerns, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would be no war with the United States, in comments to his senior officials.
"There won't be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance," Khamenei said.
Khamenei also reiterated Iran would not negotiate with America on a nuclear deal.
President Trump has also spoken out, denying the report and calling it “fake news.”
"Where was that story? In The New York Times?" Trump asked. "Well, The New York Times is fake news. Now, would I do that? 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."
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