In the short time that Donald Trump has been at he helm of the Oval Office’s fabled desk, there has been an incredible amount of movement in the realm of foreign relations.
Of course, the most stunning development came to us from North Korea, where dainty despot Kim Jong Un pulled an about face of epic proportions, suddenly ending six decades of hostility between the DPRK, South Korea, and the United States. This diplomatic feat not only shocked many within the Pacific Asian theater, but the United States as well.
What precedes this sudden change of heart? Really, no one knows. Trump’s Twitter tirades sparked a war of words between the two boisterous leaders, and sanctions were soon to follow, but neither development on their own were likely enough to sway the dictator leading to much speculation about what truly took place behind the scenes.
Now, Iran has found itself staring down the barrel of Trump’s tawdry Twitter tension, with a special distinction specifically for Tehran: ALL CAPS.
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. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
This exchange was far from unprompted:
Trump’s tweet followed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cautioning the American leader on Sunday about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying: “War with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” the Iranian leader said, in an apparent reference to reports of efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government. Still, Rouhani did not rule out peace between the two countries.
The heated exchange comes as tension between the two nations has increased since Trump pulled the U.S. out of a nuclear deal with Iran that was struck during the Obama administration.
Will this sort of diplomatic dissonance have similar results with the Islamic regime at the heart of Iranian politics? There is only one way to find out, but, if we were the betting type, Trump making good on his promise to keep America safe seems like a sure thing.