(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) sent out at Tweet last night vowing to stop the Trump administration from dragging the United States into another “forever war” in the Middle East.
Warren was responding to reports that the Pentagon had drawn up and presented plans to President Donald Trump to deploy an additional 10,000 troops in the Middle East as a deterrent to Iran.
Trump told reporters on Thursday that he did not think the U.S. needed more troops in the Middle East.
“I don’t think we’re going to need them. I really don’t,” Trump said.
Warren sent out her Tweet later that day.
“Trump promised to bring troops home, but now he’s willing to send thousands more troops to the Middle East,” Warren said in the Tweet. “I’ll fight to stop this administration from dragging us into another forever war.”
The Tweet included a video from the Huffington Post criticizing the possibility of the U.S. sending more troops to the Middle East.
In his exchange with reporters Trump said he did not think additional troops would be needed in the Middle East, but would send them if they were.
“Well, I would if we need them. I don’t think we’re going to need them. I really don’t. But I have a meeting on it in about an hour. I would certainly send troops if we need them,” he said. “Iran has been a very dangerous player--a very bad player.”
Reuters reported on Thursday that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had said that the U.S. was looking at the possibility of sending additional troops to the Middle East.
“What we’re looking at is: Are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East?” Shanahan said, according to Reuters. “It may involve sending additional troops.”
Here is an excerpt from President Trump's exchange with reporters where he discussed the question of sending more troops to the Middle East:
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. Would you consider sending troops to the Middle East to counter Iran, as it was reported?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I would if we need them. I don’t think we’re going to need them. I really don’t. But I have a meeting on it in about an hour. I would certainly send troops if we need them.
Iran has been a very dangerous player — a very bad player. They’re a nation of terror and we won’t put up with it. The deal that was signed by President Obama was a horror show. It’s a terrible deal.
The minute I collapsed that deal and terminated it, Iran went in a very bad direction. They’re now suffering massive problems, financially. They have inflation that’s about the highest in the world. They’re people — and they’re great people. I know many Iranians; they’re great people. But the country is in very bad shape.
When I first came here, that was a country of terror. They were all over. I remember — and I’ve told this story — but I’ve been at many different meetings where every single problem caused in the Middle East — and maybe beyond, but in the Middle East — was caused by Iran. They were behind every single — we had 14 different attacks at one point. They were behind every attack.
So we’ll see what happens with Iran. No, I don’t think we’ll need it. But if we need it, we’ll have — we’ll be there in whatever number we need.
QUESTION: Do you think that the United States reduced its footprint in the Middle East too far and now we’re needing to —
THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so. Look, I don’t think — I don’t think we ever should have been there, okay? I inherited this mess. Should we have been there? No. We shouldn’t have been. Should we have gone to Iraq? Should we have attacked Iraq, which did not knock down the World Trade Center?
We had a place that was not conducive to terrorists, okay? The terrorists were killed instantly in Iraq. And now it’s, you know, a tough situation. So I think we should not have been in the Middle East.
With that being said, we’ve done a great job. I took over the ISIS fight. We knocked out 100 percent of the caliphate. That doesn’t mean that they’re not going to blow up a store. They’re totally crazy. But we knocked out 100 percent of the caliphate, and I did it quickly. When I came in, President Obama had totally lost control. He had lost control of the military. He had lost control of the fighting. And our military was totally depleted and in very bad shape. These folks know that better than anybody. They were in very bad shape.
We will soon have the strongest military that we’ve ever had, by far, and nobody is going to mess with us.