Trump's old tweets predicted a president would strike Iran to win re-election

Trump's old tweets predicted a president would strike Iran to win re-election

The intelligence prompted fears that Tehran may strike at US troops and assets or those of its allies.

A senior Trump administration official told the Post that the president grew angry at the "warlike planning" of his advisors last week.

The ambassador also said he believed that "President Trump does not want war, but that does not mean that people who are close to him share his opinion"-referring to hard-liners such as national security adviser John Bolton, who Ravanchi said was among those "trying to provoke to agitate to create a necessity grounds for the war or conflict with Iran".

But the administration still appears to be looking for diplomatic openings, as hinted at by Trump's visit with the president of the Swiss government, Ueli Maurer, at the White House on Thursday and a call on Wednesday between Pompeo and Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Iran's foreign minister is pressing ahead with intense diplomatic efforts to salvage Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers at the centre of a crisis unfolding between Iran and the US.

Trump responded to reports in the Washington Post and New York Times about clashing opinions between those in his administration who see Iran taking clear steps in preparation to attack USA forces, and other officials, including some from European allies, who argue the Iranian moves are defensive precautions in response to us actions toward Iran.

The White House and Pentagon remained under pressure to demonstrate the reason for the huge buildup in forces and heightened rhetoric of the past 11 days.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on arms control Wednesday, Sen.

A rescue and assistance team from the U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio provides aid to the motor vessel SINAA, a 35-meter Iranian-flagged dhow, in the Arabian Sea on November 10, 2006.

Speaking on the recent developments between the two countries over the last few weeks, Mr Miryousefi said: "This is just the latest escalation in the propaganda warfare the U.S. waged against Iran, using "fake intelligence" perhaps hoping to initiate a conflict".

"Our nation knows all too well the perils of ignoring and "cherry-picking" intelligence in foreign policy and national security decisions", the chairmen said in their letter. And there are leaks from officials warning that the intelligence doesn't justify the ramping-up that is taking place, and that war is the deliberate aim. Tehran, however, slammed United States allegations as "fake intelligence", accusing the White House of dragging the U.S. into a conflict with the Islamic Republic.

The first, which is favoured by US President Donald Trump's administration, is that Iran is up to no good.

National Security Adviser John Bolton's hawkish stance on Iran has been well documented.

The Syrian government - a longtime ally of Iran whose forces have sided with President Bashar al-Assad in the country's eight-year war- on Friday called on all parties to exercise "restraint" in the Gulf.

"The president has been clear, the United States does not seek military conflict with Iran, and he is open to talks with Iranian leadership". But according to reporting from the New York Times' Maggie Haberman, some of the reporting that Trump is growing frustrated with Bolton and his push for war isn't quite right.

US officials privately raised alarm bells over the State Department report, according to Reuters, when a senior Trump appointee in the State Department pushed to include opinion pieces and select news stories in the Iran section of the report, which normally only includes information from usa intelligence and legal analysis.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised he would tear up the Iran Nuclear Deal, more officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "There is no infighting whatsoever". "And ultimately I make the decision". "All sides, views, and policies are covered".

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