Mitt Romney: War with Iran is 'not going to happen'

Mitt Romney: War with Iran is 'not going to happen'
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (R-Utah) said in an interview that aired Sunday that he believes war with Iran is "not going to happen."

He said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he doesn't believe President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE or his hawkish national security adviser, John BoltonJohn BoltonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Bolton: Trump lacked enough 'advance thinking' for a coup MORE, want war with Tehran. 

“I don’t believe for a minute that either the president or John Bolton…has any interest in going to the Middle East and going to war. That’s just not going to happen. There’s no interest in doing that,”  said Romney, a frequent critic of Trump who sits on the Senate foreign relations committee. 

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Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been building since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Obama-era nuclear pact in 2018 because he said the agreement did not adequately address Tehran’s influence in the region or its missile programs.

Last week, Trump dismissed a report saying that his team was preparing to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East, but said he would send more if he had to. He also said he did not want to go to war with Iran. 

The Washington Post reported that Trump was frustrated with advisers such as Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over their hardline positions on Iran and wanted to speak leaders in Tehran himself.

An Iranian military official said last week that the U.S. was "holding a gun" at Iran while calling for talks. 

As the hostilities escalated, the State Department last Wednesday moved to evacuate non-emergency personnel from Iran's neighbor, Iraq.