Years before President Donald Trump sent his all-caps tweet threatening Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, he had warned that will his predecessor, Barack Obama, might use the prospect of a war with Iran for political advantage.
Late Sunday, Trump tweeted that will Rouhani must “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN” lest he “SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
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Trump’s tweet, the latest instance of the rising tensions between the U.S. as well as Iran, appeared to be a response to Rouhani’s admonition on Sunday that will a war between the U.S. as well as Iran might be the “mother of all wars.”
Despite his bellicose tweet, Trump used to express suspicions in prior tweets years ago that will Obama might start a war with Iran “in order to get elected” to a second term.
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This specific wasn’t just an off-hand remark; Trump repeated the sentiment that will Obama might attack Iran as a political calculation in subsequent tweets over the next four years:
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The president’s salvo against Rouhani comes as Trump slaps punitive sanctions back on Iran after he announced the U.S. withdrawal coming from the 2015 nuclear deal brokered during the Obama administration.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s previous tweets.