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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano claims Trump violated separation of powers 3 times in last week Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive Trump pardons media tycoon, former GOP leader of California State Assembly MORE said Thursday he hopes the U.S. does not go to war with Iran, amid concerns in Washington that his administration may be preparing for military action.
“I hope not,” Trump said at the White House when asked about the prospects of an armed conflict with Tehran before his meeting with Swiss President Ueli Maurer, whose country acts as the protecting power for the U.S. in Iran.
Lawmakers in both parties have grown frustrated with the White House’s claims of a growing military threat posed by Iran in the Middle East and have urged Trump not to escalate tensions in the region.
“The responsibility in the Constitution is for Congress to declare war,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Mnuchin signals officials won't release Trump tax returns | Trump to hold off on auto tariffs | WH nears deal with Mexico, Canada on metal tariffs | GOP fears trade war fallout for farmers | Warren, regulator spar over Wells Fargo Budget chairs pick former Bush official to head CBO Barr jokes with Pelosi: 'Did you bring your handcuffs?' MORE (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “So I hope that the president’s advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way.”
Trump has reportedly expressed frustration with some of his hawkish advisers, namely national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonOvernight Defense: Lawmakers on edge over Iran tensions | Questions rise after State pulls personnel from Iraq | Senators demand briefing | House panel advances 0B Pentagon spending bill | Warren offers plan on climate threats to military Trump dismisses reports of infighting over Iran policy Former Pentagon official calls Bolton's approach to intel community 'counterproductive' MORE, who have pushed for a confrontation with Iran. But on Wednesday he denied there is any “infighting” about his “strong policy in the Middle East.”
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Let's hope Tucker Carlson, our national security advisor, can talk Trump out of a war with Iran. https://t.co/V9ZGDLRlqc
@marklevinshow Again with the old controversy and personal insults, but never willing to address what I actually sa… https://t.co/PAotjxJWxa
@BBCBreaking @BorisJohnson @theresa_may I’m glad. Brits are the most vile people to the Middle East. Blair was the… https://t.co/Y4GLzBDYvN
@BBCBreaking I’m glad. The Brits Have been the most vile people to the Middle East. Tony Blair was the only war cri… https://t.co/gaYZZvbXS1
RT @jackhunter74: @marklevinshow Again with the old controversy and personal insults, but never willing to address what I actually said. Ne…