The New York Times reports:
President Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. The meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a significant increase in the country’s stockpile of nuclear material, four current and former U.S. officials said on Monday.
A range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike.
The advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency.
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NYT: A range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike on Iran. They warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency. https://t.co/gjW7FLBlD5
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) November 17, 2020
If Trump really wants to hurt Iran, he doesn’t need to launch military strikes. He just needs to become their President.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) November 17, 2020
As he watches his power ebb, Trump’s nuclear trigger finger will get increasingly itchy. A last-minute strike, cyber or hot, is my biggest fear at the moment. https://t.co/DhX3nMU8j0
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 17, 2020