President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that Iran could be planning a “sneak attack” on American troops and other U.S. assets in the Middle East.
The tweet, published on the president’s personal social media account on March 31, assured that the Islamic republic would pay a “heavy price” for any aggressive actions.
“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq,” the President tweeted. “If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”
Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2020
Fox News reports the president made the post after attending an intelligence briefing at the White House, which discussed the possibility of Iran taking advantage of the global coronavirus pandemic to advance their geopolitical standing.
Relations between the U.S. and Iran have been continuously strained over the past decade, almost coming to a head in January 2020 after Trump ordered the killing of Iranian military chief Qasem Soleimani. The White House has stated that Soleimani has been at the center of terrorist activity, and was in the process of planning more attacks. But this isn’t the first time Iran has used proxies for this purpose.
The Iranian military has shot down U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles flying over neutral airspace, and has taken aggressive action against American sailors. Strangely, the Islamic republic has also refused American aid to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has infected a substantial number of government officials in the country.
Now, President Trump is doubling down on his pledge to defend the U.S. from any future Iranian aggression. The DC shorts has the footage below.