Given the events in recent weeks, those concerns were warranted.
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, walk at the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad, Jan. 9, 2019. Hopefully, we're not going to have to plan for that. On May 9th, The New York Times reported that upon Bolton's request, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan presented plans for the potential deployment of 120,000 to the Middle East if Iran executed an attack.
Mr Bolton stated that any threat on the United States or its allies would be "will be met with unrelenting force". Democrats - and even some Republicans - in Congress are skeptical of the administration's justifications and alarmist rhetoric, hearing in them echoes of the false claims made by the George W. Bush administration that led to an invasion of Iraq and the longest war in the nation's history.
Of course, rather than starting a war, Obama was aiming to establish the historic Iran nuclear deal-an arrangement which Trump has always hated, vocally disapproved of, and eventually pulled the USA out of.
But Trump on Wednesday sought to tamp down the reports of infighting.
Iran recently threatened to resume higher enrichment in 60 days if no new nuclear deal is in place, beyond the level permitted by the current deal between Tehran and world powers. This was President Obama's signature diplomatic achievement and took cooperation with the UN Security Council to pull it off.
In pulling out of the nuclear deal, Trump said the terms were not tough enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and did not address Iran's missile program or Tehran's alleged support for militants in the region.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on a visit to Japan and China, said the global community and remaining signatories of the nuclear deal should act to save the accord as "supportive statements" are not enough.
Lawmakers and allies, however, worry that any erratic or miscalculated response from Trump could send the United States careening into conflict. "We have not planned for that". Ezekilov also mentioned that Iran would have the leeway to begin violating the JCPOA.
The scathing remarks came just over a week after Iran announced it is suspending some of the commitments it made in the landmark deal with countries including the U.K., China, France, Germany and Russian Federation, such as a limit to the amount of enriched uranium it can possess. The Iranians responded at first with relative restraint, but as these unilateral American sanctions have increasingly damaged the weakened Iranian economy, there are indications that Iranian patience may be reaching its limit.
The visit was a surprise, and followed a CNN report last week that the White House passed through the Swiss confederation a phone number for the Iranian leadership to call Mr Trump.
"The dispute surrounding the Iranian nuclear agreement is essentially a contest between multilateralism and unilateralism", he said.
Persuasive details about new threats may never come, but they aren't necessary for the administration to have the desired effect on public attitudes about Iran.
Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman, who is King Salman's son and the country's deputy defence minister, tweeted that the drone attack on two Saudi Aramco pumping stations running along the East-West pipeline were "ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis".