President Donald Trump has ordered some US Troops and US Missiles to be sent to Saudi Arabia according to a statement by Defense Secretary Esper at the Pentagon just minutes ago.
Developing. Check back for updates.
UPDATE 7:06 PM EDT --
Defense Secretary Esper: “The Iranian regime is waging a deliberate campaign to destabilize the Middle East.”
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, also present at Pentagon briefing for press.
“All indications are Iran was responsible for the attack” on Saudi Aramco facilities.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper also announced U.S. forces will be sent to Saudi Arabia and UAE, calling them "defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense."
Military equipment too.
Dunford says numbers not decided yet, but will be a "moderate deployment."
Decision on the specifics of the "moderate deployment" to be made over the weekend and details will be announced next week, according to JCS Chairman Gen. Dunford.
INSIDE STUFF . . .
Internally, several officials were advocating for a limited military strike and options were considered. But today, Trump indicated he did not want to do that.
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