Trump Speaks a Language Khamenei Fully Understands

Trump Speaks a Language Khamenei Fully Understands

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President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to Iran on Saturday, threatening to hit dozens of targets in the Islamic Republic “very fast and very hard” if it retaliates for the targeted killing of the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Of all the modern presidents since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Trump speaks a language Khamenei fully understands.

“THE USA WANTS NO MORE THREATS”

The series of tweets came as the White House sent to Congress a formal notification under the War Powers Act of the drone strike on Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a senior administration official said. U.S. law required notification within 48 hours of the introduction of American forces into an armed conflict; or a situation that could lead to war.

The notification was classified and it was not known if a public version would be released.

In unusually specific language, Trump tweeted that his administration had already targeted 52 Iranian sites, “some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture.” He linked the number of sites to the number of hostages, also 52, Iran held for nearly 15 months after protesters overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Thousands of pro-regime Iranians lined Baghdad streets Saturday for the funeral procession for Soleimani. Millions stayed home. The Islamic Republic has vowed revenge for the Trump-ordered airstrike that killed him early Friday Baghdad time.

Trump appeared to respond to such threats with tweets justifying Soleimani’s killing. Trump speaks a language Khamenei fully understands.

“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters,“the president tweeted. “He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years.”

Trump also warned: “The USA wants no more threats!”

TRUMP FOLLOWS PROCEDURE

The notification document sent Saturday to congressional leadership, the House speaker and the Senate president pro tempore was entirely classified, according to a senior Democratic aide and a congressional aide. The aides and the senior administration official were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

“Pelosi did not mention the danger Soleimani represents against American servicemen and American citizens.”

In a statement, Pelosi said the “highly unusual” decision to classify the document compounds concerns from Congress.

“This document prompts serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the Administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran”. Pelosi said and reiterated her call for a full briefing for lawmakers.

Pelosi said the Trump administration’s “provocative, escalatory and disproportionate military engagement continues to put service members, diplomats and citizens of America and our allies in danger”.

The Speaker did not mention the danger Soleimani represents against American servicemen and American citizens.

AP contribute to this article.

Trump Speaks a Language Khamenei Fully Understands

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