Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, but held off, says source

US President Donald Trump made the request during a meeting on Thursday with his top national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting defence secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.. — Reuters pic
US President Donald Trump made the request during a meeting on Thursday with his top national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting defence secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 — President Donald Trump asked for options on attacking Iran’s main nuclear site last week but ultimately decided against taking the dramatic step, a US official said yesterday.

Trump made the request during a meeting on Thursday with his top national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting defence secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.

The official confirmed the account of the meeting in The New York Times, which reported that the advisers persuaded Trump not to go ahead with a strike because of the risk of a broader conflict.

“He asked for options. They gave him the scenarios and he ultimately decided not to go forward,” the official said. — Reuters

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