«Fake news». False news So the President of the United States dismissed yesterday the questions of the press about the supposed shipment of 120,000 troops to the Middle East to contain the Iranian threat, revealed by the North American newspaper "The New York Times". The problem: the shipment is on the table because it was raised by Defense Minister Patrick Shanahan at the request of Trump's own National Security Adviser, John Bolton.
Once again, and as in the case of Venezuela, the hard core security and foreign policy of the current US administration shows that it is progressing much faster and has gone further than the president himself. As well as to consider sending 120,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf in case the Ayatollah regime considers the slightest advance on the US troops. deployed in the area or its countries or allied groups.
In a purely "Trumpian" turn, the president, after qualifying the false information admitted that turning it into true comes within his plans. «I think they are <fake news>. Now, would you make that decision? Of course! But I have not decided yet. I hope you do not have to make that decision. Anyway, if I take it, I'll send many more soldiers than those who speak to me. "
The truth is that the head of the Central command of the Pentagon, the general of the Marine Corps. Kenneth McKenzie, has called for reinforcements to contain the growing Iranian threat and that is why the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has arrived in the Gulf accompanied by four B-52 bombers that are already on a reinforcement mission at the US air base on the Qatar peninsula.
In an unprecedented decision, it was not the Pentagon who announced the sending of the USS Lincoln, but the adviser Bolton, Trump's right-hand man for international security. Bolton already enervated Trump when he stood at the Pentagon with the foreign minister, Pompeo, for, he said later, "analyze military intervention plans in Venezuela," without first informing the president, who then dispatched him saying that it is a "Hawk" which must temper from time to time.
Meanwhile, yesterday in the Russian city of Sochi Putin, Pompeo and Lavrov met to deal with Venezuela and Iran fundamentally. On his first visit to Russia as US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met yesterday with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, to whom he again asked that Moscow stop supporting the Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro. Both ministers appeared before the press after the talks and a luncheon and then went together to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before starting the question time for journalists, Lavrov said that "after the hour and a half telephone conversation between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump last May 3, we received the order to intensify the dialogue" between Moscow and Washington. The head of the Russian Diplomacy explained that he did so with Pompeo on the 6th in Finland and now in Sochi. According to Lavrov, yesterday's meeting with his US counterpart was "sincere and useful" and said that the two sides "are interested in normalizing relations." The Russian minister listed the main issues discussed in Sochi: Venezuela, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea and nuclear disarmament.
Regarding the Caribbean country, the US Secretary of State said that "the United States and more than 50 countries believe that the time has come for Maduro to leave power. " According to his words, «it has only caused misery to the Venezuelan people, and we hope that Russian support to Maduro will cease». Lavrov, for his part, insisted that "Venezuelans should be the ones who define their future and the two parties in opposition should start the dialogue, something with which Maduro agrees". In the opinion of the Russian minister, "you can not establish a democracy by force" and deplored that the United States threatens military intervention.
Iran was another of the discrepant issues between Lavrov and Pompeo. After the departure of the USA of the nuclear agreement and the hardening of sanctions against Iran, the Secretary of State warned the European leaders that the current situation in the Persian Gulf implies the risk of a conflict breaking out "accidentally", a fear that has been corroborated by the acts of sabotage against tankers and freighters off the coasts of the United Arab Emirates. Yesterday Pompeo, however, told his Russian counterpart that his country "does not seek a war with Iran" despite the reinforcement of the North American naval presence in the area ». Washington pressures Tehran to cease supporting Hizbullah. Lavrov expressed the desire that "reason prevails." .