President Donald Trump engaged in some saber-rattling from 30,000 feet, issuing ‘health advice’ to Iran and tweeting out images of unexploded ordinance following an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Trump blasted out the tweet after taking off from Washington for Mar-a-Lago, where he plans to spend the holidays with family including First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron.
He referenced the attack on the embassy Sunday, and hinted at a possible military response, not long after vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides billions in U.S. military programs, infuriating Democrats and putting some Republicans in a difficult spot.
‘Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch’ Trump tweeted from aboard Air Force One. ‘Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq… Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,’ he wrote.
His threat comes amid uncertainty about what will happen to U.S.-Iran relations after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.
Iran blames U.S. ally Israel for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran, and Israel is warning Iran against any potential revenge attacks.
Biden favors reentering the Iran nuclear deal that Trump tried to scrap.
The threat comes in Trump’s final month in office – a period critics are warning could be an unstable period. Trump is refusing to concede, rallying Republicans to contest the results, vetoed the mammoth Defense bill, and threatened not to sign a bill to keep the government open and provide coronavirus relief. He also issued pardons to people convicted of war crimes and his political allies.
Following Trump’s tweet, U.S. Central Command tweeted out a statement officially blaming a Tehran-backed ‘rogue’ group.
‘The Dec. 20, 2020 rocket attack on the green zone in Iraq was almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed Rogue Militia Group. While this 21 rocket attack caused no U.S. injuries or casualties, the attack did damage buildings in the U.S. Embassy compound, and was clearly NOT intended to avoid casualties,’ according to the statement.
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Source: Daily Mail