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Trump defends management of Iran, says confusion ‘might be a good thing’

Tom Howell Jr. The Washington TimesMay 17, 2019

President Trump defended his management of global crises and said it “might be a good thing” if Iran doesn’t know what’s going on, as tensions between the U.S. and Tehran escalate.

Mr. Trump blamed confusion about various intelligence reports on the media, saying they put out misleading or false stores.

“Iran is totally confused, I don’t know, that might be a good thing,” Mr. Trump told the National Association of Realtors.

Members of Congress have demanded clarity about the situation in the Middle East, saying they’re worried that hawks like National Security Adviser John Bolton will allow the U.S. to slide into war.

Mr. Trump downplayed the stories, saying he’s on the same page as his officials and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“They make it sound like it’s a conflict,” Mr. Trump said.

The president then returned to a familiar trope of his that stories using anonymous sources are made up.

“There is no source, the person doesn’t exist,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s bulls---.”

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