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Trump repeats 2018 all-caps anti-Iran threat in response to Israeli attack

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Trump repeats 2018 all-caps anti-Iran threat in response to Israeli attack

Donald Trump responded to the Iranian attack on Israel on Saturday by reposting a 2018 tweet in which he threatened the president of Iran and said the US would not stand for “DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH.”

‘To the Iranian president Rohani: NEVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH FEW THROUGH HISTORY HAVE EVER HAD BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTAL WORDS OF VIOLENCE AND DEATH. BE ATTENTIVE!” read the 2018 tweet.

Trump posted a screenshot on his social media platform, Truth Social, of Florida Senator Rick Scott praising the message.

While US president, Trump’s foreign policy was often chaotic and upended many traditional norms of US and international diplomacy. He was often criticized for his close ties to authoritarian figures such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and for undermining traditional pillars of Western power such as NATO.

Trump originally tweeted the message in 2018, amid escalating tensions with Iran. It came after then-Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the US that a war with Iran would be the “mother of all wars”.

Trump’s message underlines how quickly he is willing to escalate tensions with foreign leaders during moments of conflict.

Joe Biden had warned Iran not to attack Israel after an April 1 airstrike in which Israel killed a top Iranian military commander in Syria. Biden is reportedly urging Israel not to respond to Saturday’s attack with force and has said the US will not participate in a counterattack on Iran.

Trump also addressed Iran’s attack on Israel at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

“They are currently under attack. That is because we are showing great weakness,” he said at a rally in Schnecksville, in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. “The weakness we have shown is unbelievable, and it would not have happened if we were in power.”

While the conflict has roiled Israel for months, Trump has said little publicly about how he would address the issue if he wins a second term in the White House. Trump has previously said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “abandoned us” before the US assassinated a top Iranian commander in 2020. Trump has also praised Hezbollah, the Iran-linked group in Lebanon that the US has labeled as terrorists, as “very smart”.

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