Trump Told U.S. Defense Chief: No War with Iran -N.Y. Times

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by then Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has told his acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, he does not want to go to war with Iran, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing unidentified administration officials.

The Republican president made the comment to Shanahan on Wednesday morning during a White House briefing on rising tensions with Iran, the newspaper said.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)