As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to escalate, old tweets by President Trump predicting that an American president would “start a war with Iran” in a “desperate” attempt to win reelection have resurfaced.
Twitter users and media outlets have uncovered a series of old Trump tweets hypothesizing that former President Barack Obama would “attack Iran” to get re-elected as president the following year.
“Barack Obama will attack Iran in the not too distant future because it will help him win the election,” Trump tweeted on November 14, 2011.
A few days later, Trump tweeted: “In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.”
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011
Weeks before election day, Trump tweeted in 2012: “Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.”
Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2012
Trump repeated the prediction nearly a dozen times between 2011 and 2012, according to Common Dreams.
The Daily Dot notes:
Of course, rather than starting a war, Obama was aiming to establish the historic Iran nuclear deal—an arrangement which Trump has always hated, vocally disapproved of, and eventually pulled the U.S. out of.
Now, in 2019, as he begins his own campaign to secure re-election, it’s Trump’s own administration that has been ramping up tensions with Iran.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton had proposed “sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.”
“Why go hard after Iran right now? Does Iran or one of its proxies in the Middle East pose a real threat to American interests? Or, perhaps, the real reason is that next year is an election year?” asked John Dederer, member of Disabled American Veterans, last week in a New York Times letter to the editor.
“Sending an aircraft carrier group to threaten retaliation against any Iranian-sponsored aggression, real or imagined, is no slam-dunk foreign policy decision,” Dederer wrote. “Rather, it is a cynical re-election ploy with no regard for cost in American blood. Shame!”