Trump Today: Trump says he’s ordering more Iran sanctions as he names new national security adviser



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President Donald Trump speaks before leaving the White House, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Washington.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he ordered more sanctions on Iran, as he named a top State Department official as his new national security adviser.

SANCTIONS INCREASE

On Twitter, Trump said he’d instructed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially increase” sanctions on Iran. His statement came days after oil infrastructure was attacked in Saudi Arabia. U.S. intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for the attack, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Trump has said he hopes to avoid war with Iran.

The U.S. already has numerous sanctions on Iran, having reimposed penalties that had been lifted as part of the Iranian nuclear deal. White House and Treasury officials didn’t immediately return requests for comment on Trump’s tweet.

Oil futures were lower for a second day in a row Wednesday. Both West Texas Intermediate CLV19, -0.99%   and Brent BRNX19, -0.45%   crude shot up Monday in the wake of the weekend attack in Saudi Arabia.

O’BRIEN REPLACING BOLTON

Trump, traveling in California for fundraising events, also tweeted that he’d named Robert O’Brien to replace John Bolton as national security adviser. O’Brien has been Trump’s special envoy for hostage affairs and may best be known for his efforts to win the release of American rapper A$AP Rocky from a jail in Sweden.

Trump ousted Bolton on Sept. 10 amid disagreements over several foreign-policy issues.

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