Updated: May 13
Despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, President Trump took to Twitter on April 1st and threatened Iran with an attack and make the country "pay a very heavy price" for any "attack on U.S. Troops and/or assets in Iraq".
The following was posted by President Trump on Twitter: "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!
The response to this post was "feeding the coronavirus pandemic," "Trump wants to add a major war to the mix," and "Upon information and belief -This is the language used in affidavits that accompany warrants or confidential submissions. Is the President repeating confidential information from Us intelligence resources on Twitter?"
It turns out that President Trump had his intelligence briefing at 12pm and at 1:05 pm, he tweeted this post. (by Andrew Desiderio on Twitter). In addition, this is not the first time he threatened Iran.
To give you an illustration, Trump also has issued a warning to Iran by posting on Twitter: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran" and "Never threaten the United States again!" Furthermore, on January 3rd, President Trump had ordered a drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. This lead to a missile strike on U.S. Army bases in Iraq and a passenger jet being shot accidentally, killing all 176 people on board.
However, despite all of this, President Trump stated that Iran was "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq" and that his forces were responsible for hundreds of Americans. U.S. Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo also stated that Trump's decision to remove Qassem Soleimani saved American's lives.