Coronavirus saves Iran from U.S. hitting back

Coronavirus saves Iran from U.S. hitting back

U.S. President Donald Trump said that because of the coronavirus pandemic he didn't think an aggressive response to new attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq by Iranian-backed militias was the right move, according to one former and four current senior U.S. officials.

Trump expressed concern that hitting back hard at Iran at this time would make the U.S. look bad given the extent to which Iran and the rest of the world are struggling to contain the spread of COVID-19, the officials said. 

They said the president made the comments during a meeting at which his advisers briefed him on possible military responses to the attacks, NBC News reported.

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