President Trump says U.S. not ramping up for Iran conflict

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President Donald Trump is dismissing a report that the U.S. is planning for a military conflict with Iran.

President Trump was responding to Tuesday's report in The New York Times that the White House is reviewing military plans against Iran that could result in sending 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or steps up work on nuclear weapons.

The President says it's "fake news." He says he would "absolutely" be willing to send troops, but that he's not planned for that and hopefully won't have to plan for that.

He says if the U.S. was going to get into a military conflict with Iran, "we'd send a hell of a lot more" troops.

President Trump spoke to reporters at the White House before traveling to Louisiana.