The president needs to step up and take control of the situation — and fast
The Independent Voices
Because of escalating tensions with Iran, Donald Trump may face his first true test of presidential leadership. The problem is that the administration keeps sending mixed signals, and it raises the question of who is calling the shots.
This morning, the State department ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq and warned US citizens not to travel to the country, citing a “high risk for violence and kidnapping.” That news followed a New York Times report that said the administration has a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks any American forces or continues a nuclear buildup.
President Trump told reporters he thought the Times’ story was “fake news,” but said, “Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully, we’re not going to have to plan for that. If we did that, we would send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”
It appears Trump wants to placate his core supporters, many of whom oppose military involvement in the Middle East. Trump sold himself on criticizing the execution of the Iraq War and promised to take troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.