The world knows too well by now that when Donald Trump says something, the moment the words are out of his mouth, they cease to exist as matters of reliability.
Some even argue that Trump is the adult in the room among hawks in his administration such as National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom reportedly favor retaliatory attacks and broader escalation.
The president could not likely have found a way out of the situation on his own. He must have realized that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, the staff hard-liners, would not provide objective assistance in the matter.
Mishandling an escalating confrontation with Iran could wreck far more than his presidency. Americans and the rest of the world are about to find out whether Trump — who rarely behaves like a president — can act like one.
The meeting was an international love fest designed to show Trump, and no one else, that his actions are driving the two nations together and that they will work to isolate the U.S. in many areas of global diplomacy and trade relations.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that Washington doesn't seem to be of one mind concerning the aims it is actually pursuing in Iran. Regime change, as national security adviser John Bolton has in mind?