President Trump indicated that the U.S. would maintain forces in Iraq "because I want to be able to watch Iran. All I want to do is be able to watch... we're doing to keep watching and we're going to keep seeing and if there's trouble, if someone is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do". Trump went on to say that "my intelligence people, if they said in fact that Iran is a wonderful kindergarten, I disagree with them 100 per cent. It is a vicious country that kills many people. When you talk about torture and so many other things. And - maybe they'll come back". "When I ended that [nuclear] deal... all of a sudden Iran became a different country", Trump continued. "Right now they're a country that's in big financial trouble. Let's see what happens". Trump further stated that "I disagree" with intelligence assessments that Iran is abiding by the JCPOA, adding that "when my intelligence people tell me how wonderful Iran is - if you don't mind, I'm going to just go by my own counsel".
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