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Trump tells his team to tone down the tough talk about Iran



President Donald Trump has privately driven his representatives to go back to his tough talk about Iran – and repeat that the administration is not aiming at war with Tehran.

Two senior officials and three other individuals with direct knowledge of the administration's strategy in the region tell the Daily Beast that the president has asked officials to downplay their excited rhetoric on Iran despite the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman that Washington has sign on Tehran. The president has previously said he is less hawkish on Iran than some of his advisers and this week, in a magazine interview Time said the tanker attacks were "much less".

In the last several days in public testimony and in closed door fairs, Trump administration officials have tried to calm down legislators on Capitol Hill who are cautious of administration avoiding the congress to launch a military confrontation with Tehran. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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