Ocasio-Cortez Suggests 'Powerful People Trying to Bribe' Trump Into Iran War

Ocasio-Cortez quoted a tweet by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold which linked to an article detailing connections between an Iraqi sheikh and Trump

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listens as the House Oversight and Reform Committee votes to subpoena the White House about security clearances as the committee meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2019
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Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday that "powerful people are trying to bribe the President into war” with Iran.

Ocasio-Cortez quoted a tweet by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold which linked to an article he co-wrote entitled, “A wealthy Iraqi sheikh who urges a hard-line U.S. approach to Iran spent 26 nights at Trump’s D.C. hotel.”  The report details that the Iraqi sheik stayed at a very expensive suite in Trump's D.C. hotel after urging the Trump administration to take a "hard-line" against Iran.

Iran’s foreign minister on Monday again threatened the United States over what he describes as an “economic war” launched by Washington against Tehran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that the U.S. “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching its economic war.

He directly blamed President Donald Trump for the ongoing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Zarif said: “Mr. Trump himself has announced that the U.S. has launched an economic war against Iran. The only solution for reducing tensions in this region is stopping that economic war.”

Zarif’s comments came during a news conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who had traveled to Tehran in an effort to ease tensions.