Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg took a hint at the White House's national security advisor John Bolton when he blasted the Trump administration's decision to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East.
"This is not a good sign. Escalation is the last thing we need in the Middle East right now," said Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran, during an interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", that was sent on Sunday.
"And when you see what happened, it seems that the administration run by John Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq war, is trying to prosecute a case leading to higher tensions , escalation and perhaps conflict with Iran as if we learned nothing from the last 1
Bolton, who served as Secretary of Arms Control in Bush administration, pushed to the Bush administration to invade Iraq in 2003.
On Friday, Trump administration announced that 1,500 troops would be sent to the Middle East to respond to an ongoing threat from Iran, following a request from US Central Command. Patrick Shanahan said the deployment "is a cautious defensive measure and aims to reduce the possibility of future hostilities."
Shanahan said the expansion n would include surveillance aircraft, a squadron of 12 fighter jets and military engineers. In addition, a battalion of Patriot missile batteries will remain in the Middle East, even though it was slated to depart the region. Trump said on Friday that the troops would serve "mostly in a protective capacity."
USS Abraham Lincoln, B-52 bomber and a Patriot anti-missile battery were already sent to the Middle East this month.
During the interview, Buttigieg also took a glimpse of President Trump's lack of military service. Buttigieg said on Thursday that he believed Trump was out of service in the military by "trivializing" a disability.
"I do not think any reasonable observer that the president found a way to falsify a disabled status by exploiting his privileged status to avoid earning," Buttigieg said. "19659010" somebody who thinks it's okay to let someone go in his place of a death war and is willing to pretend to be disabled to do so. It is an assault on this country's honor, "he added.
In 1968, Trump received a diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels and prevented him from serving in the Vietnam War.