Trump's Suggestion of Iran Strike Raises Bipartisan Alarm
Added 09-17-19 07:04:02am EST - “(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump risks a political backlash if he retaliates against Iran over a weekend strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities after campaigning on promises to withdraw the U.S. from foreign wars.Trump tweeted Sunday that…” - Finance.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump risks a political backlash if he retaliates against Iran over a weekend strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities after campaigning on promises to withdraw the U.S. from foreign wars.
Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. is “locked and loaded,” raising bipartisan alarm after the weekend attack that halved Saudi oil production. Speaking on Monday to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said: “It’s certainly looking that way at this moment,” and “we pretty much already know” who did it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran, though Riyadh is stopping short of directly doing so.
Iran has denied involvement. and it’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic won’t negotiate with the U.S. on any level, including at this month’s annual United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Trump, who hasn’t ruled out a possible meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani when both are in New York this month, has said diplomacy with Iran isn’t exhausted and that Pompeo will be heading to Saudi Arabia.
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