Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’: CBS interview


U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting to “discuss fighting human trafficking on the southern border” in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military base in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran, according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

“One of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran because Iran is a real problem,” he said in excerpts from a CBS “Face the Nation” interview. “I want to be able to watch Iran.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Lucia Mutikani; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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