In a new interview with Time magazine, Presiden Trump downplayed Iran’s attack on two oil tankers calling it “very minor”:

Money quotes from the article:

“I would certainly go over nuclear weapons,” the president said when asked what moves would lead him to consider going to war with Iran, “and I would keep the other a question mark.”


Last week, U.S. officials blamed Iran for attacks against Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Trump described those and other recent attacks attributed by administration officials to Iran as limited. “So far, it’s been very minor,” Trump told TIME.

As Time notes in its subhead, the President “struck a different tone than other Republicans,” like Sen. Tom Cotton this morning:

Also on Monday, the Pentagon released new photos that show Iran was behind the attack:

And as the President mentioned to Time, he considers Iran’s recent move to increased its uranium stockpile as a different issue than the tanker attacks:

And the Pentagon is sending more troops to the region:

More from Acting Def. Sec. Pat Shanahan: