Trump Directs Threatening All-Caps Tweet to Iranian President, Twitter Reacts

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Last night, President Trump issued a threat directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter.

The Tweet was a response to comments Rouhani made to a group of Iranian diplomats on Sunday.

Here’s what Rouhani said, according to Reuters:

“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, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries, at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.

U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump administration had launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.

Current and former U.S. officials said the campaign painted Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.

Apparently, Trump took Rouhani’s comment as a threat to America, because he directed the following ALL CAPS Tweet to Rouhani last night:

Is this how we do things now?

Who ever would have thought leaders of powerful countries would someday use social media to threaten each other? Trump sounds like an 11-year-old on a playground.

Trump’s Tweet is “utterly terrifying”, as Joel Mathis of The Week explains:

Let’s not mince words here: Nuclear weapons are designed to inflict genocidal levels of destruction and death. They are a weapon to be used as a last resort, if that, to ensure national survival. They are not meant to be used casually — either as a weapon, or rhetorically. Not even implicitly.

But President Trump keeps doing exactly that.

The latest threat came late Sunday night, in an unhinged-sounding all-caps tweet that almost immediately ranks — along with Ronald Reagan’s “we begin the bombing in five minutes” gaffe and JFK’s Cuban Missile Crisis speech to the nation — as among the more alarming presidential communications in history.

Iran’s Foreign Minister responded to the Tweet:

Some pointed out that maybe, just maybe, world “leaders” exchanging threats via social media isn’t the ideal way to handle foreign relations…

Others pointed out the hypocrisy of Trump’s threats against Iran:

Yes, those are all genuine Trump Tweets – no photo-shopping or “fake news” there.

Still others decided to mock Trump’s aggressive ALL-CAPS Tweet:

Some pointed out that joking about war with Iran is not one bit funny.

Welcome to 2018.

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