Donald Trump says ‘I hope not’ when asked about war with Iran

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump had a pithy response Thursday to what has become a pressing question around the world: Is his administration marching the United States into a war with Iran?

“I hope not,” the president told reporters at the White House.

The three-word response was the latest case of the president adopting a wait-and-see stance amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier ahead of schedule and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter what the administration has described as threats from Tehran.

Yet Trump has struggled to present a unified message on Iran…


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