Tulsi Gabbard: 'Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran, but that's exactly what he wants'
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden expands lead in new national poll Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted Tuesday that war with Iran is “exactly what” President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE wants.

“Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran, but that's exactly what he wants, because that's exactly what Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu, al-Qaeda, Bolton, Haley, and other NeoCons/NeoLibs want,” the 2020 presidential candidate tweeted Tuesday. “That’s what he put first--not America.”

 

 

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Gabbard’s tweet comes shortly after a report Tuesday that acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanWhy Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary Five questions for Trump's new defense secretary on first major tour Trump says media is part of vetting his nominees: 'We save a lot of money that way' MORE presented White House officials with a proposal, backed by national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonSchumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord Why President Trump must keep speaking out on Hong Kong Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE, to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran attacks American forces or accelerates the development of nuclear weapons.

Tensions with Iran have heightened in recent weeks, with Bolton announcing the deployment of a U.S. carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to what he called “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran.  

Asked Monday about the possibility of seeking regime change in Iran, Trump responded, “We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake.”

Last week, Shanahan said he approved the deployment due to “indications of a credible threat” from Iran. "We will hold the Iranian regime accountable for any attack on US forces or our interests,” Shanahan tweeted.