DONALD TRUMP’S ALL-CAPS IRAN TWEET IS A BIG DEAL

“To Iranian President Rouhani: 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. BE CAUTIOUS!”
The likely reasons, as I see them:
  1. Mired in a downward spiral in regard to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump was trying to DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THE SUBJECT.
  2. He saw Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s comments that a war with Iran would be the “mother of all wars” and DECIDED TO SEND A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR.
Many people believe the former option to be the more likely. Maybe. Knowing Trump’s thin skinned-ness, however, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that someone showed him Rouhani’s quote — or, even more likely, he saw it on cable TV — and he lashed out.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders explained it this way in Monday’s press briefing: “The President’s been, I think, pretty strong since day one in his language toward Iran. He was responding to comments made from them, and he’s going to continue to focus on the safety and security of American people.”

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