U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a report claiming that U.S. officials were mulling a plan to deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to confront Iranian threat.
The New York Times reported that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan had suggested a plan according to which around 120,000 American soldiers would be sent to the region if Iran attacks U.S. forces or accelerates work on its nuclear weapons.
"I think it's fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we're not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that," Trump told reporters at the White House.