Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Great and Overwhelming Force’ After ‘Very Ignorant and Insulting’ Remarks from Iranian President Rouhani in Wake of New U.S. Sanctions

  • President Trump threatened Iran with extreme force if the country attempted to attack Americans or harm U.S. interests in any way in the wake of inflammatory remarks from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
  • On Monday, Trump announced he was placing new sanctions on Iran after the U.S. accused the nation of shooting down a U.S. drone last week.
  • In response to the new sanctions, Rouhani called them “outrageous and idiotic.” He also accused the White House of “suffering from mental illness.”
  • Trump called the remarks “very ignorant and insulting,” lashing out at Iran on Twitter.
  • Trump tweeted: “….Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!”
  • Trump also tweeted: “Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.”
  • The U.S.-Iranian relationship has continued to deteriorate once Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year and imposed new sanctions against Iran.
  • U.S. officials accused an Iranian missile of downing a U.S. surveillance drone last week over the Strait of Hormuz, which led to Trump approving military strikes against Iran.
  • However, Trump later called off the strikes, and afterwards wrote: “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.”
  • Trump continued: “10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not […] proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world.”
  • The U.S. had previously blamed Iran for damaging several oil tankers in the Middle East, but Iran has denied involvement.

Reference Links

  • The Times of Israel: Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’ if it attacks ‘anything American’ READ
  • The Guardian: Trump threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran suggests he has a ‘mental disorder’ READ
  • NPR: Trump Says ‘Any Attack’ By Iran Would Be Met With ‘Overwhelming Force’ READ
  • CNBC: Trump says an Iranian attack on anything American will be met with ‘obliteration’ READ

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