Trump on war with Iran: ‘I hope not’

May 16, 2019 GMT

Amid escalating tensions with Tehran, President Trump said Thursday that he hopes the U.S. and Iran won’t get into a war.

As Mr. Trump stood at the entrance to the West Wing to greet the president of the Swiss Federation, a reporter called out, “Mr. President, are we going to war with Iran?”“I hope not,” Mr. Trump replied.

Democrats and many Republicans in Congress are expressing concern this week about the administration’s moves toward Iran, including the deployment of an aircraft carrier group to the Middle East region.