Congressional leaders set for classified briefing on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders received a classified briefing on Iran on Thursday as members of both parties demand more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East.

The briefing with the so-called Gang of Eight came after Democratic lawmakers warned President Donald Trump against war with Iran and criticized the White House for not keeping Congress informed of the rising threat in the Middle East.

Asked Thursday at the White House if escalating tensions with Iran will lead to war, Trump replied: “I hope not.”

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last year and has re-imposed sanctions on Tehran that are crippling its economy.

U.S. officials are reporting heightened threats in the region from Iran and have sent military assets there to protect U.S. troops and the interests of both America and its allies.

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