U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped the United States was not heading to war with Iran as he prepared to meet with Switzerland President Ueli Maurer, whose nation has served as a diplomatic conduit between the two countries.
Asked if Washington was going to war with Tehran, Trump told reporters he “hope not” as he greeted Maurer at the White House.
Trump promised to get the US out of “stupid wars.” But now he and John Bolton are on the brink of launching us into a very stupid and costly war with Iran. Join me in sending a strong message to President Trump: The US must NOT go to war with Iran. #TULSI2020 pic.twitter.com/Q1sHDNwZSy
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) May 16, 2019
Tensions have escalated in recent days with increasing concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict. Earlier this week the United States pulled some diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following weekend attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf.
Switzerland, a neutral country, has historically been a liaison between the United States and Iran which have no diplomatic relations.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 16, 2019
The Washington Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported late Wednesday that Trump preferred a diplomatic route with Iran and direct talks with its leaders but worried that some of his advisers were pushing war.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday welcomed what she called Trump’s lack of “appetite” for military conflict with Tehran.
His instincts are better than theirs on most things: Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran https://t.co/wvcKOXm7IA
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 16, 2019
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