President Donald Trump late Sunday evening issued a booming warning to President Hassan Rouhani of Iran rendered in caps lock — tweeting that the Middle Eastern leader “WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES” if he threatens the United States.
“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,” the president wrote online.
“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” he added.
The post appeared to be in response to comments Rouhani made earlier in the day in which he cautioned Trump about the devastation of a U.S.-Iran wartime conflict and threatened the president not to interfere with Tehran’s government.
“Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” Rouhani told a gathering of Iranian diplomats, according to the state news agency IRNA.
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, adding: “You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”
Earlier this year, Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-nation Iran nuclear agreement negotiated during the Obama presidency. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said in withdrawing from the treaty May 8.