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 GabbardJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted Tuesday that war with Iran is “exactly what” President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 ShanahanUS to send 1K additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions US to send 1K additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE presented White House officials with a proposal, backed by national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonTensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? 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.