President Donald Trump fired a warning shot at Iran on Sunday afternoon, warning the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism that if they want to fight the United States that will be the official end to their country.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” Trump tweeted. “Never threaten the United States again!”
Late last week, Politico reported that Senators who attended a “lengthy classified briefing on Iran” left the meeting saying the threats coming from Iran are “credible” and “urgent.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) described the threats from Iran as a “serious and potentially imminent threat to U.S. forces” and said Trump was correct in moving military assets to the region to be “position to retaliate” if Iran or any of the proxy terrorist groups it supports should launch any kind of attack.
“There are legitimate threats that we are concerned about to American lives, and I think that’s why the preparations have been taken,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said. “Hopefully, Iran will think better of taking provocative action and doing anything stupid or crazy, but I think we have to be prepared, which is why I believe the administration is taking the steps that they are.”
Former CIA Director David Petraeus warned Iran on Sunday to be “very careful” amid rising tensions in the region “because it’s going to get worse” for them and if they do something stupid they will receive a very serious response.
“They are going to have to make a decision. Either they are going to have to really tighten their belt and keep tightening, because it’s going to get worse,” Petraeus said. “There are going to be further screws tightening down in maximum pressure campaign and try to grit their teeth and get to November 2020 in hopes that their desired outcome emerges.”
“They’re going to have to be very careful not to overplay their hand and result in some kind of response that is quite punitive,” Petraeus added.
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