Believe it or not, Trump isn’t a warmonger

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Believe it or not, Trump isn’t a warmonger

ANALYSIS | He may be managing it badly, but US president wants to withdraw from conflict in the Middle East

Tim Stanley

In the hours after the assassination of Qassim Soleimani, a lot of people assumed Donald Trump was trying to start a war with Iran to win re-election. Not true, said Trump: “We took action to stop a war.”

I think that’s correct.

Fundamentally, Trump is a peace president and he wants to be able to prove that under his leadership, America has withdrawn from the Middle East. The process has to be managed and there’s a strong argument that Trump is managing it haphazardly, even badly – but the intended direction of travel is out, not in...

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