President Trump took aim yet again at what he calls “Fake News” — this time ripping reports that there was infighting within his administration over his hardline Middle East policies.
“The Fake News Washington Post, and even more Fake News New York Times, are writing stories that there is infighting with respect to my strong policy in the Middle East. There is no infighting whatsoever,” the president tweeted at 3:10 p.m.
“Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision — it is a very simple process. All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon,” he continued.
The reports he apparently criticized referred to differences among administration officials over Trump’s aggressive stance on Iran.
The tweets came as Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another apparent show of concern about what it describes as threats from Iran.
Helicopters took off throughout the day from the vast embassy compound near the Tigris River, carrying staff out, Reuters reported, citing an Iraqi source and a diplomatic source inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone.
The Iraqi source said US staff were headed for a military base at Baghdad airport.
Trump is slapping new sanctions pressure on Tehran and says it is sending additional forces to the Middle East to counter what it calls a heightened threat from Iran to US soldiers and interests in the region.
Iran calls that “psychological warfare,” and a British commander cast doubt on US military concerns about threats to its roughly 5,000 soldiers in Iraq, who have been helping Iraqi security forces fight Islamic State jihadists.
“Ensuring the safety of US government personnel and citizens is our highest priority … and we want to reduce the risk of harm,” a State Department spokesman said.
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