Trump Asked Mattis for Plan to Blow Up Iranian ‘Fast Boats,’ Report Says
Axios quoted two sources who say they directly heard Trump‘s requests and three other former senior officials reportedly briefed on them. “So these boats, they get in, they come in really fast, they come in really close… and they might have explosives on them and we don’t even know,” Trump reportedly told staff. “Can you believe this? And we don’t do anything?”
However, the sources told Axios such “disproportionate” response at a time when Iranian vessels were harassing the U.S. Navy less than previous years could have quickly led to war. Mattis, who later resigned in protest of Trump’s Syria policy, reportedly never provided such a plan.
The report adds that when trump asked then National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster about it during a daily brief, the latter replied: “Mr. President, this has happened in the past, but DOD (Department of Defense) is telling us it hasn’t happened lately… so they’re not that concerned about it.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in early January they plan to upgrade their speed boats in the Gulf with radar-evading stealth technology and new missile launchers, as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington in the vital oil shipping route.
Ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers in the region, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf in late December, and was shadowed by the Revolutionary Guards’ speed boats.
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