President Trump, asked if he'd "consider sending troops to the Middle East to counter Iran", replied: "I would if we need them. I don't think we're going to need them. I really don't... I would certainly send troops if we need them". He went on to assert that "Iran has been a very dangerous player - a very bad player. They're a nation of terror and we won't put up with it". Referring to the JCPOA, Trump remarked that "the minute I collapsed that deal and terminated it, Iran went in a very bad direction. They're now suffering massive problems, financially. They have inflation that's about the highest in the world... I know many Iranians; they're great people. But the country is in very bad shape". Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hit back at the president's comments the following day, saying they suggested "that he neither knows history, nor does he know the Iranian nation". "Only Donald Trump deserves the label of terrorist", Zarif suggested.
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