Trump dismisses report that U.S. is reviewing military plans against Iran

Anti-US rally to support Iran decision to pull out from nuclear deal in Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of) - 10 May 2019
Demonstrators stand around an Iranian man wearing a President Trump mask during an anti-U.S. rally in Tehran on May 10.
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President Trump is dismissing a report that the U.S. is planning for a military conflict with Iran.

Trump was responding to Tuesday’s report in the New York Times that the White House is reviewing military plans against Iran that could result in sending 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or steps up work on nuclear weapons.

Trump says it’s “fake news.” He says he would “absolutely” be willing to send troops, but that he has not planned for that and hopefully won’t have to plan for that.

He says if the U.S. were going to get into a military conflict with Iran, “we’d send a hell of a lot more” troops.


Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday at the White House before traveling to Louisiana.