Trump on Thursday accused Iran of supporting terrorism and exporting "violence and chaos across the Middle East". The Washington Post reports that Trump plans to announce that he will "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal agreed upon in 2015 in favor of a "tougher" policy.
Earlier in a cabinet room meeting, Trump met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and top military officials as word spread that next week he intends to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement.
He may well fly in the face of advice from some of his closest advisers, declaring Iran is not in compliance and leaving the pact's fate in the hands of the Republican-controlled Congress.
Trump is reportedly planning to announce next week that he will "decertify" the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran.
"Maybe it's the calm before the storm", Trump told a few reporters who were ushered into the room to photograph the assemblage.
The agreement was concluded in 2015, to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Trump posed for a photo with first lady Melania Trump alongside uniformed military leaders and their spouses on October 5 at the White House state dining room, the Daily Mail reported.
In a speech last month at the United Nations, Trump warned that the United States would "totally destroy" North Korea if needed to defend itself or USA allies.
"You guys know what this represents?" he asked. "Could be the calm, the calm before the storm".
The president argued that Iran is violating the "spirit" of the deal and therefore directed aides to seek tougher enforcement of its nuclear activities and possibly impose new sanctions for its destabilising behaviour in the region.
On Friday, he kept up the suspense, telling journalists wondering what he was talking about: "You'll find out".
Donald Trump has cryptically warned that we are living in the "calm before the storm" - but has refused to explain what that means.