President Donald Trump on Sunday night warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter that his country would “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” if Rouhani ever threatened the United States again.
“To Iranian President Rouhani,” Trump wrote, “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!”
On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton — who has argued for launching a military strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure — doubled down on Trump’s late-night tweet.
“I spoke to the President over the last several days, and President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before,” he said in a statement on Monday.