The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier has been near the Strait of Hormuz for a month now. John Bolton cited the frequency of concerning events as justification for deploying the aircraft carrier. He blames Iran for the attack due to the video footage of an Iranian ship removing a presumably unexploded mine from the side of one tanker.
Iran has been at the heart of many conflicts in the Middle East, which Trump references as proof that the nation isn’t ready to make a peaceful deal.
While I very much appreciate P.M. Abe going to Iran to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, currently has closed doors when it comes to speaking with Trump. He doesn’t believe Trump is a person worth talking to.
We have no doubt in @abeshinzo’s goodwill and seriousness; but regarding what you mentioned from U.S. president, I don’t consider Trump as a person deserving to exchange messages with; I have no response for him & will not answer him. pic.twitter.com/YisBpoYlGO
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 13, 2019
Shutting out world leaders doesn’t put Iran in a favorable light whether or not they were behind the attacks.
The situation continues to develop, and we’ll keep you posted as details come in.