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    Trump Says He Doesn’t ‘Need Exit Strategies’ For War With Iran

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    President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that the US is "not going to need an exit strategy" if war broke out with Iran.

    Trump’s comments came after a heated thread on the president’s twitter, where he threatened Tehran with "obliteration" after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the White House of suffering from a "mental disability."

    “You’re not going to need an exit strategy," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, prompting laughter. "I don’t need exit strategies.”

    “We would love to be able to negotiate a deal if they want to. If they don’t want to, that’s fine, too,” Trump added. “But we would love to be able to, and frankly, they might as well do it soon.”

    Relations between Tehran and Washington deteriorated recently after Iran downed a drone, which Tehran says violated its airspace. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif later published maps with data from the radar, proving Tehran's point.

    Washington insists that its drone was flying over neutral waters of the Strait of Hormuz when it was destroyed, releasing maps of its own. The US was planning to launch strikes against three Iranian targets in response to the downing, but President Trump stopped it mere minutes before the start.

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