Peace Candidate Donald Trump Threatens Massive Retaliation Against Iran in Response to Rumored Assassination Plot
President Donald Trump threatened massive retaliation against Iran for an attack that country’s government is allegedly planning as retaliation for the United States’ drone-strike slaying of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January.
“According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani,” Trump said in a late-night tweet on Monday. “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”
The press reports cited by the president appear to be a reference to a Sunday Politico article which reported Iran was weighing the assassination of a U.S. diplomat in South Africa. That article in turn cited two unnamed intelligence officials who said Lana Marks, America’s ambassador to that country, could be the target.
The president repeated his warning to Iran during an interview on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, saying “We’re all set…They’ll be hit a thousand times harder.”
Intelligence officials claim they’ve been aware of the alleged Iranian plot to kill Marks since Spring, but have recently discovered more specific information about it, reports Politico.
The Trump administration’s decision to kill Soleimani in January prompted the Iranian government to respond with a missile strike against bases in Iraq that injured several U.S. service members.
“We hope that they do not make a new strategic mistake,” said an Iranian government spokesperson on Tuesday in response to Trump’s tweet, reports Al Jazeera, adding that any such mistake “will witness Iran’s decisive response.”
Trump’s threats against Iran continue the president’s oscillation, in word and deed, between a peacemaker who says he wants to wrap up America’s endless wars and a bellicose leader willing to ratchet up international tensions.
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