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Trump and Pompeo Troll Iran

The Latest: Schumer chides Trump for heated rhetoric on Iran 'Trump embarrassing himself with anti-Iran tweets'
Leonard Rios | 25 July, 2018, 23:13

And Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate, called the Twitter blast from the White House "another warning sign that Trump is blundering toward war with Iran".

Most Republicans have stayed silent on Iran following Trump's all-caps tweet warning the terrorist nation against threatening the USA again, but Graham came out in support of Trump for taking a tough stance.

President Donald Trump has said the U.S. is ready to make a "real deal" with Iran over its nuclear programme, days after he warned Tehran of historic consequences for threatening America. "And Iranians have heard them - albeit more civilized ones - for 40 years", he said, adding that Iran "has been around for millennia" and has witnessed the fall of empires, including its own, "which lasted more than the life of some countries".

He cited the harsh words between the USA and North Korea that preceded the high profile summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and denuclearization talks.

After speaking with European officials about Trump's warnings, International Crisis Group president Rob Malley said diplomats on the continent were not "really taking it seriously".

"He's much more impulsive than he is strategic".

The White House put the onus of the verbal standoff on Iran and Rouhani.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton is a supporter of the MEK.

It could have been an impulsive reaction to reports from Tehran quoting Rouhani as giving the U.S.an oft-repeated reminder that conflict with Iran would be "the mother of all wars".

"The President's been, I think, pretty strong since day one in his language toward Iran".

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"We have a bit of a Goldilocks problem when it comes to Iran on a number of levels, and this is one of them", she said. She declined repeated questions about whether Trump would consider meeting with Rouhani.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said there is no need to respond to United States leader Donald Trump's "empty threats".

The other signatories to the deal, including France, the United Kingdom and Germany, have vowed to stand by it.

Hours later, Trump tweeted that threats against the U.S.by Iran would be met with historic consequences.

Pompeo was making a speech before Iranian-American leaders at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library when he began to attack the Iranian Regime for stealing money from its own people to "line their own pockets" and commit acts of warfare and terrorism around the world, even comparing them to mob bosses and calling them "hypocritical holy men".

The President has made regular visits to Trump-branded properties during his time in office, prompting some critics to complain that he is using the profile of his office to promote his private businesses.

"We are asking every nation who is sick and exhausted of the Islamic Republic's destructive behavior to join our pressure campaign".

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, acknowledged that Iran's terrorist activities in the Middle East pose a threat but suggested it wouldn't be solved through a tweet from Trump.

Pompeo, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, also used the speech to allege that the county's leaders have made billions of dollars from corrupt dealings.

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