Iranian president warns against the presence of foreign militaries in the Middle East

The warning comes as the U.S. sends troops to Saudi Arabia in response to recent attacks against an oil refinery.
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Transcript for Iranian president warns against the presence of foreign militaries in the Middle East
A lot to talk about here. Let's bring in Martha Raddatz who is in Washington where she'll be hosting "This week." Martha, good morning. I'm curious to get your views on this as someone who has covered international affairs. How should we think about this Ukraine story? The president is calling it a witch hunt. A lot of people might look at this and say we've heard Democrats hyperventilate about the president's behavior before. Is this different? I think everyone has heard the president hyper ventilate about this. They've heard the Democrats hyper ventilate about this. You'll hear president trump continue to say it's a witch hunt. You'll get that echo. When you look at this and what happened and that the inspector general's office said it was urgent and credible, it could go a bit further and take up attention in the coming weeks. We have also heard president trump tell our own George Stephanopoulos that if somebody had dirt on Norway, I think he said, then he would take it. We're going to be looking at this for a while and see if it goes further and whether or not we get any sort of transcript from that telephone call. That seems to be key. If we get a transcript a question will be was there a quid pro quo involving U.S. Military aid to the Ukraine. Let me switch to a big story you've been following. There was a military parade in Iran. The president of that country warned about the presence of foreign forces in the region. This comes as the Pentagon is set to send more troops to Saudi Arabia. That's where the Iranians are said to be responsible for the devastating series of drone attacks last week on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia which disrupted global oil supplies. You got the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on the show this morning. He's called that attack an act of war. Is that where we're heading, war with Iran? I don't think anybody from the administration wants to go to war with Iran. You've heard lots of rhetoric. They've presented no evidence about these attacks. Mike Pompeo falls short of saying Iran launched the missiles, although senior officials will tell us Iran launched the missile. Those troops we're sending to Saudi Arabia, those will be in a defensive position. We're sending air defense. We are not sending troops on any sort of offense at this point. In many ways the administration has dialed this back. The big question is if Iran keeps firing missiles, firing drones, then what do they do? That is the question. Things could rachet up easily. Martha, I know you'll be all over this story. Tune in to "This week" later this morning on ABC when Martha goes one on one with the secretary of state Mike Pompeo and then there is this. Sam Donaldson and George Stephanopoulos returning for a special remembrance of our cokie Roberts. That's coming up this morning on "This week" here on ABC.

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