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Trump says NYT story on 120,000 troops ‘fake news’ but can send ‘hell lot more’

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United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday called as “fake news” the New York Times story on the administration’s reported plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East, should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.

Trump, however, said if the situation requires he would send “a hell lot more troops than that.”.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Trump said: “I think its fake news. Now, would I do that, absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully, we are not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that we would send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

“But I think its just, where was that story, in the New York Times? Well the New York Times it is fake news,” Trump said.

The New York Times claimed that at a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan to this effect.