In electing Donald Trump as our President, Americans understood that there would be some friction with a number of foreign nations and world leaders…including Iran.
Trump had been an enormous critic of former President Barack Obama’s handling of the Persian nation, often stating that No. 44 would possibly start a war with Tehran in order to get reelection in 2012.
President Obama would then go on to negotiate a fairly lopsided nuclear “deal” with Iran – something that again enraged Donald Trump. Out on the campaign trail in 2016, then-candidate Trump promised his supporters that this arrangement would be nullified if he were elected – a promise that he has kept in spades.
Now, in the hours after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at sleeping American soldiers in Iraq, Trump is again reiterating the relationship that Barack Obama had with Tehran.
President Trump took direct aim at former President Barack Obama on Wednesday, blaming the last administration for giving Iran money that he claimed was then used by Tehran to pay for missiles that were aimed at U.S. troops in Iraq.
“The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump said from the White House, referring to settlement money the U.S. paid to Iran in 2016.
But that’s not all:
“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash,” he said. “Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted ‘Death to America.’”
He went on to say that Iran went on a “terrorist spree” with that money “and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.” It was with that money that the missiles fired late Tuesday were funded, he claimed.
As of this writing, it appears as though the tensions between the two nations are cooling off thanks to President Trump decision to hold off on a “revenge” strike, choosing economic sanctions instead.
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