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Presidential Candidate: Trump 'Provoking' War with Iran by Sending Troops to Middle East.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke (D) denounced President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will send 1,500 troops to the Middle East on Saturday and questioned the administration's claim of a threat from Iranian forces to American forces already stationed in the area.

The former congressman told CBS in an interview airing Sunday that the US president's decision to send troops to the region to counter a supposed threat from Iranian-backed forces would only provoke conflict and draw the United States into war.

"President Trump is escalating tensions, is provoking yet another war in the Middle East, where we find ourselves already engaged in war in so many countries -- in Iraq, in Syria, in Yemen, not too far from there in Libya and in Afghanistan," O'Rourke warned.

"We don't need another war. We need to find a way to work with allies and partners and in some cases with our enemies," the Texas Democrat continued.

Pointing to aides of the president, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has a reputation for a hawkish stance toward Iran, O'Rourke said that the White House risked sending the US to war over "misconstrued" facts.

"I have a really hard time believing this administration and believing a president who has so wantonly lied and misconstrued the facts at every single turn to his own gain. I'm suspicious of a national security team that has so often called for war," O'Rourke added.

"You have someone in Bolton, who has publicly said that he wants regime change in Iran," he stated, predicting that a war with the country would leave hundreds of thousands dead.

His comments echoed those of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a skeptic of foreign intervention, who called on the president to reconsider his announcement on Friday while urging Trump not to listen to "neocons" close to him, a clear reference to Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"This escalation doesn't get us out of our decades long, seemingly endless wars Mr. President. Trust your instincts and follow what you ran on, not the neocons around who want to repeat past mistakes," Paul tweeted.

Trump on Friday announced that the US will send roughly 1,500 troops to the Middle East in order to counter Iran's influence in the region.

The US president emphasized that the new deployment will provide force protection for existing troops in the area amid heightened tensions with Tehran.

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Date:May 26, 2019
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