High-stakes decision looms for Trump in showdown with Iran

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President Donald Trump poses for photos as he meets with Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez at the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump faces one of the greatest tests of his presidency now that Iran has launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

It was Iran’s most brazen assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iran’s missile strikes were in retaliation for last week’s American drone strike that killed Iran’s top general.

Trump huddled with his national security advisers to weigh a response and says he’ll address the nation Wednesday. Top Senate Democrats are citing “deep concern” about the lack of information coming from the Trump administration about the Iran operation.

They say they want Defense Department officials to provide “regular briefings and documents” to Congress.

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