That might be an effective pitch.
But Trump on Wednesday sought to tamp down the reports of infighting. An interesting choice for voters who otherwise dislike Trump's foreign policy.
No new intelligence on Iran's activities was presented at the meeting, according to a person in the room.
Fourth and probably most influential have been the Trump administration's hints about supposed new threat information, accompanied by deployments of military resources and other US saber-rattling.
The developments cast into sharp relief a president who is instinctively wary of military adventures, and a cadre of advisers led by the national security adviser, John R. Bolton, who have taken an uncompromising line toward Iran. Bolton is doing a great job. "Trump views Mideast as a quagmire not to be drawn into deeper".
Also on Friday, Britain's Foreign Office advised against all travel to Iran by British-Iranian dual nationals. The post-9/11 GOP is thick with hawks.
One European diplomat called on China to buy Iranian oil as it is less exposed to the United States.
As election day approached in November 2012, Trump warned again that Obama might use the "Iran card" to get elected.
State Department officials said threats in the region were credible and based on intelligence showing Iranian-backed militias had been moving personnel and weaponry as well as stepping up surveillance of usa and us -affiliated facilities in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East.
One is the demonization of Iran rooted in the genuinely nefarious things the Iranian regime did in the past and dates back to when Ted Koppel was talking to Americans every weeknight about USA diplomats held hostage in Tehran.
Question, then: Was Trump's directive in the Situation Room about avoiding war created to be leaked? In response, Jonathan Chait wrote a column headlined "Conservative Columnist Urges War With Iran Over 2 Percent Oil Price Hike", even though Rothman wrote military action "would be counterproductive to the [Trump] strategy they are now pursuing, which consists of imposing broad economic sanctions on Iran to harden grassroots resistance to the regime in the hopes of catalyzing a revolution". Or maybe he's just annoyed with all the war chatter lately insofar as it implies that his hawkish NSA, not the president, is calling the shots here. Bolton can be instrumental in allowing that to happen, or pushing it along if he wants, and Trump may be swept away by events that he feels he can't contain. On Wednesday, the State Department ordered nonessential personnel to leave the US missions in Baghdad and Irbil. "I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon", he said.
The Iranians have made overtures through the Swiss in past months to offer discussion of US prisoners. In February, the IAEA backed up Coats's assertion and verified that Iran was not diverting declared nuclear material to its weapons program. If mixed messaging in foreign policy is a concern, so is the tendency of Trump's critics inside and outside the media to create public confusion over the administration's intent regarding Iran. "He'll be the one that decides". China has refused to do a deal on trade, Ignatius notes, and Trump's reaction has been to escalate and expand tariffs. The Iranians responded at first with relative restraint, but as these unilateral American sanctions have increasingly damaged the weakened Iranian economy, there are indications that Iranian patience may be reaching its limit.