- The Washington Times - Monday, May 20, 2019

Sen. Mazie Hirono responded Monday to President Trump’s weekend statement that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”

“If the president thinks he can resolve all these problems with military might he’s so wrong. There is something Secretary Mattis said, ‘we need a diplomatic resolution to all these conflicts.’ This is the president once again thumping his chest acting like he is the dictator he wants to be,” the Hawaii Democrat said on CNN’s “New Day” show, responding to the president’s tweet.

Ms. Hirono also responded to Mr. Trump’s 2017 remarks saying North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if they continue to make threats. 

“This is before he fell in love with Kim Jong-un, I guess. With this president, he is unpredictable. He doesn’t talk to anybody besides — I don’t know. He mainly refers to himself to make decisions on foreign policy, which is why it’s really hard to rely upon, pretty much in my view, whatever the president says both domestically and on foreign policy,” she said.

The New York Times reported last Monday night that the Trump administration is planning to send 120,000 troops to the region.

Mr. Trump denied planning for it right now, but he said a land invasion would require him to “send a hell of a lot more troops than” 120,000.

Since the report, the Trump administration has deployed additional military to the Persian Gulf and ordered U.S. Embassy personnel in Iraq to vacate amid the Iranian tensions.

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