WASHINGTON – President Trump has told his incumbent Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan that, according to several government officials, he does not want to go to war with Iran to inform his hawk helpers that US pressure on Iran is intensifying Tehran must not escalate into open conflict.
Mr. Trump's statement came during a briefing Wednesday morning in the Situation Room about growing tensions with Iran. The US intelligence agency said that Iran has stationed rockets on small boats in the Persian Gulf, leading to fears that Tehran might attack the troops and assets of the United States or that of its allies, arguing for further confrontation with Iran, according to one Person in the room. But Mr. Trump was determined to say that he did not want a military clash with the Iranians, several officials said.
On Thursday, during a visit by Swiss President Ueli Maurer, Mr. Trump was asked if the United States would wage a war against Iran.
"I hope not," he replied.
The President has attempted to stifle reports for which two of his hawkish aides – National Security Advisor John R. Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – are spoiled for choice with a fight with Iran and run ahead of him trigger military confrontation.
"There are no fights at all," said Mr. Trump in a tweet on Wednesday night. "Different opinions are voiced and I make a decisive and simple decision – it is a very simple process, covering all sides, views and guidelines."
But Mr. Trump added that he was confident that Iran " soon, "which signals an openness to diplomacy that, according to official sources, is not shared by either Mr. Bolton or Mr. Pompeo
The President's declared hope for dialogue with Iran does not appear to be a breakthrough in the near future Tokyo told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that there was "no way" to discuss with the government to ease tensions. Agence France-Presse reported.
"The escalation of the United States is unacceptable." AFP told Zarif to reporters:
Mr. Pompeo has outlined 12 steps that Iran must take to satisfy the US Actions that some in the Pentagon consider unrealistic and could lead the Iranian leadership into a corner. Recently, he described American politics as capable of causing domestic political unrest in Iran.
Mr. As a private citizen Bolton called for a long time a regime change in Tehran. He has resisted compromises that would open the door for negotiations with Tehran, and heightened the NPC. with Iranian hardliners and has made the most recent political changes in order to aggravate the economic and political ideas of the Heads of State and Government.
Mr. Trump is less frustrated with his dealings with Iran – he advocates the harsher measures as a warning to Tehran – than with the evolving story that his national security adviser is leading the government's policies in the Middle East, three officials said.
The President is well acquainted with and familiar with the recent steps of the government, including the imposition of increasingly stringent sanctions on Iran and the designation of the military wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization
The severity of the Iranian threat has become the subject of heated debate among government officials. Some officials have argued that this does not justify a dramatic American response, such as the deployment of thousands of troops to the Middle East or the partial evacuation of the US embassy in Baghdad.
The Pentagon was unveiled last week with Mr. Trump's option to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or expedites nuclear weapons. The options were appointed by Mr Bolton, who had an unusually tight grip on the political decision-making process for a national security adviser. Bolton said he was a little disappointed with the president and unwilling to press for changes in a region he has long considered a mire. As a result, people in the White House are increasingly skeptical of Mr. Bolton, wondering if his job is in trouble.
Mr. Trump is also impatient with another important campaign by Mr Bolton: the effort to topple President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. After the opposition's failed attempt to fend off important Maduro allies and turn the Venezuelan military against him, it seems more difficult than ever to break away from him.