He indicated as much when tweeted nearly a dozen times between 2011 and 2012 his prediction that former President Barack Obama was going to start a war with Iran ahead of his 2012 election against Mitt Romney:
As Common Dreams reported:
"As tensions between the U.S. and Iran soar due to White House warmongering, some have expressed concern thatwith the 2020 election 17 months awayTrump is planning to deploy the reelection strategy he repeatedly warned about less than a decade ago."
John Dederer, member of Disabled American Veterans, wrote last week in a New York Times letter to the editor:
"Why go hard after Iran right now? Does Iran or one of its proxies in the Middle East pose a real threat to American interests? Or, perhaps, the real reason is that next year is an election year? Sending an aircraft carrier group to threaten retaliation against any Iranian-sponsored aggression, real or imagined, is no slam-dunk foreign policy decision. Rather, it is a cynical re-election ploy with no regard for cost in American blood. Shame!"
Last year, The Guardian revealed Trump hired a private Israeli intelligence agency to carry out "dirty ops" against Obama's top national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, and deputy assistant, Colin Kahl, two key negotiators responsible for the Iran nuclear deal.
So much for the promise of keeping the U.S. out of foreign wars.
It has to do with Trump's re-election.
And, naturally, oil.