Trump tells aides he does not want US war with Iran

Plumes of smoke rise in Baghouz Deir Al Zor province Syria

Plumes of smoke rise in Baghouz Deir Al Zor province Syria

President Donald Trump campaigned as an isolationist, criticizing foreign military entanglements.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio defended the White House's actions, saying there has been "a persistent and clear stream of information" about Iranian threats to US troops and other assets in the Middle East.

During Friday's speech, the president announced a deal with Canada and Mexico that would scrap "major tariffs", ending a simmering trade dispute that began when the president imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum in the name of national security. Trump said recently when asked if he was satisfied with Bolton's advice. I want to bring our troops back home. Abe also told Zarif that he was concerned about growing tension in the Middle East. "We get nothing - nothing out of it, nothing".

Trump's remarks follow comments he made on May 9 when he said he did not rule out a military confrontation with Iran.

The differences are that Iran has been more provocative and our allies have been less supportive, despite Iran openly abandoning its nuclear deal.

"I expected such a situation after Ambassador John Bolton was nominated as national security adviser", he said. It's important to note that U.S. allies have said they see no impending threat.

Trump said on Thursday he hoped the United States was not on a path to war with Iran, but some wonder if his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a confrontation.

"This face-off is not military because there is not going to be any war", Khamenei said, Iranian state TV and other official news outlets reported. Absolutely. But we have not planned for that.

On Wednesday, the US State Department ordered the evacuation of most personnel from the US embassy and consulate in Iraq over an alleged "imminent" threat from Iraqi militias with close links to Tehran.

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US National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, December 13, 2018.

British Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, a key commander of the multinational force deployed to Iraq and Syria, refuted the US allegations, saying, "There's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".

Another official said that Bolton and Trump are "just in a different place" and that despite Trump's own criticism of Iran's government, he "wants to talk to the Iranians; he wants a deal".

Iran has been accused by the USA and the United Nations of supplying ballistic missile technology and arms to the Houthi rebels, which Tehran denies.

Proposals for backchannel talks between the United States and Iran gained momentum on Thursday as President Donald Trump hosted his Swiss counterpart Ueli Maurer, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said.

Iran is known for its fleet of fast-attack craft, some of which are armed with missiles, but those vessels were clearly under the command of Iran's two maritime forces: its conventional navy and that of the elite Revolutionary Guards, both of which operate in the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil chokepoint.

The seventh reason is less certain than the rest and involves the possibility of Iran initiating some minor actions, if only to send a message that it can not be kicked around forever amid the USA hostility and pressure. Any accident or skirmish could serve as a pretext for USA military escalation.

Bolton has not hidden his desire to effect regime change in Iran, in Venezuela, in Cuba and beyond.

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