By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he trusted the US was not going to war with Iran as he met with Switzerland President Ueli Maurer, whose country has filled in as a conciliatory channel between the two countries.
Asked by correspondents Washington was doing battle with Tehran, Trump reacted, “Want to think not” as he welcomed Maurer at the White House.
Tensions have raised lately with expanding worries about a potential U.S.- Iran strife. Not long ago the US pulled some political staff from its consulate in Baghdad following end of the week assaults on four oil tankers in the Gulf.
Switzerland, a nonpartisan nation, has verifiably been a contact between the US and Iran, which have no conciliatory relations.
A White House proclamation said the two heads talked about “a scope of global issues, incorporating the emergencies in the Center East and in Venezuela.”
“President Trump offered his thanks for Switzerland’s job in encouraging universal intervention and political relations for the US,” the announcement said.
The Washington Post, refering to anonymous U.S. authorities, announced late Wednesday that Trump favored a strategic course with Iran and direct converses with its pioneers however stressed that a portion of his counsels were pushing war.
White House representative Sarah Sanders disclosed to Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Companions” that there is no grating among Trump and his consultants and he invites diverse viewpoints.
“He’s the one the American individuals chose. He’s going to take in the data and the direction from the majority of his national security group and he at that point will settle on a choice on what he supposes is the best and most secure thing for the American individuals,” she said.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday invited what she called Trump’s absence of “craving” for military clash with Tehran.
(Reporting by Steve Holland Composing by Susan Heavey; Altering by Richard Chang and Cynthia Osterman)