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Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces.

After a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure that jolted international markets and raised fears of a confrontation with Iran last weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing whether to get more deeply involved in yet another conflict thousands of miles from home.

All options are on the table, including sending additional U.S. forces to the region, according to U.S. officials who requested anonymity while discussing sensitive conversations, following a series of attacks that took half of Saudi Arabia’s daily oil production offline over the weekend.

But although Trump initially promised on Twitter that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” to hit back, the administration now appears to be taking a breath and stepping back to assess its options. 

The internal deliberations are also revealing new divisions within

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