Presidential hopeful Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D) denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s announcement that the U.S. will send 1,500 troops to the Middle East on Saturday and questioned the administration’s claim of a threat from Iranian forces to U.S. forces already stationed in the area.
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The former congressman told CBS’s Margaret Brennan in an interview airing Sunday that the 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 U.S. 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 told CBS.
“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 BoltonJohn Bolton Lawyer says Bolton moving forward with book despite warning from White House White House tells Bolton his manuscript contains classified information The Hill’s Morning Report – Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on MORE, who has a reputation for a hawkish stance toward Iran, O’Rourke said that the White House risked sending the U.S. 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 said.
“You have someone in Bolton, who has publicly said that he wants regime change in Iran,” he added, predicting that a war with the country would leave hundreds of thousands dead.
His comments echoed those of Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Louisville passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ banning no-knock warrants Rand Paul aide joins Trump campaign, RNC fundraising group MORE (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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US response to Floyd protests a ‘stark contrast’ to authoritarian regimes Trump administration accuses international court of corruption at ‘highest levels,’ authorizes sanctions A crisis on the Korean peninsula reinforces the need for allies MORE.
“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.