The Trump administration "cannot say for certain" that Iran is behind an attack on an oil facility in Saudi Arabia, White House press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters, adding that officials are still in the process of making the case with the Americans.
"The President is in touch with all our partners and allies in the region, and we want to make sure the evidence clearly points to a culprit here. In all likelihood, as the President said, this is Iran, "Gidley said." But when we have something to tell you. "
Gidley said President Trump was" careful "in his analysis.
" If he beats the gong now about Iran being the culprit is certainly not presenting the case to Americans, everyone would say he was a warmonger, "he said.
In terms of revenge, Gidley said he would not" remove anything. things on the table "or" put anything on the table. "Ultimately, this was a decision for the President, he said.
Some context: In recent days, President Trump has opposed to himself and many others in his love on whether he will meet in Iran without preconditions. Last week, Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the President would meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions – but later announced Trump in a tweet did not. In an exchange with CNN, Gidley now demands that the preconditions in talks always be a change in Iran's behavior.
"The President is also very clear that we will not have conveying discussions with Iran until they change their behavior," he said on the White House lawn. "They have to change the behavior if we are going to have conversations because right now, the situation doesn't go unnoticed."
Pressing, Gidley repeatedly stated to the President, "the preconditions are clearly set, that they need to change their behavior before any talks. The highest pressure campaign. .that remains the preconditions. "
" Our position is clear on that, "he repeated.