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Pompeo visits CENTCOM amid mixed messaging from US on Iran

In a strange move for a top US diplomat, Mike Pompeo visited a US military command solo to avow that the United States doesn't want war with Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a  lunch meeting with Poland's President Andrzej Duda in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC120F191060

WASHINGTON — Even as he raised eyebrows by making an unusual visit to US Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo found himself today stressing that President Donald Trump does not want war, in the latest confusing rollercoaster of US-Iran escalation and slight easing of tensions.

“President Trump does not want war, and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region,” Pompeo told journalists at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

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