Trump tells acting defense secretary he doesn't want Iran war
Trump doesn't want conflict to escalate into war
After being briefed on Iran developments yesterday, Trump told aides he didn't want a military clash with Iran. He was urged to further engaged Iran but held firm.
Many reports have suggested that hawkish aides John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are pushing military options on Iran.
In a tweet yesterday he said "I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon."
To me, the leak is the real story here. If it's truly a leak then that's disgraceful. No one should be leaking comments when war is at stake, it's borderline treason. However I'm fairly sure it's a deliberate leak and likely from the White House. It's meant to signal to Iran that it should negotiate because people deep in the admin want war.
Here's the NYT report.