WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump was furious when he tweeted Sunday, warning Iran’s President to “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE U.S. AGAIN.”
- The All-Caps tweet was Trump’s response to Rouhani’s statement on Sunday, saying that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
- Iran’s state news agency said that Trump’s response was typical of the U.S. president’s “bullying words.”
President Donald Trump responded angrily on Sunday after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized and threatened him. Earlier on Sunday, Rouhani warned Trump to stop “playing with the lion’s tail” and threatening Iran, “or else you will regret it.”
In May, Trump pulled the U.S out of Iran deal meant to prevent the Middle East country from developing a nuclear weapon. He also ordered increased American sanctions.
Trump’s tweeted his screaming response in all-capital letters: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH,” he added. “BE CAUTIOUS!”
On Sunday, at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran, the ISNA news agency reported that Rouhani has urged Trump “to make peace” with Iran.
He was quoted as saying, “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Rouhani added that his country is prepared to defend itself from attacks from overseas.
After Trump’s all-caps tweet came out, Iran’s state news agency said the threat was typical of the U.S. president’s “bullying words.”
Of course, Trump’s tweet has received various reactions including a tweet from the Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY ALL CAPS. WE’RE NOT ATTACKING IRAN,” the committee tweeted.
A lot of questions were raised after Trump’s tweet including his timing. Last week, Trump received negative attention after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Then, there’s also the news about his former attorney Michael Cohen’s secret tapes of him in 2016 discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model who claimed had an affair with the president in 2006.
“Donald Trump likes to direct the media narrative, to control it,” NPR’s Mara Liasson told Morning Edition. “And he’s gotten us all talking about Iran this morning, instead of talking about Putin, or the investigation into Russian interference.”
Liasson pointed out that the president also directed violent language toward North Korea before the summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
“Sometimes he likes to create a crisis, and then become the hero of his own story and declare the crisis over,” Liasson said.