Trump Golfs As The U.S. Embassy Is Attacked In Baghdad
As President Donald Trump continued his vacation in Palm Beach, Florida, tucked away at his Mar-a-Lago resort and hitting the links, supporters of an Iranian-backed militia attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.
The Washington Post reported that hundreds of protesters, reacting in retaliation for recent U.S. airstrikes, “broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, trapping diplomats inside in response to U.S. airstrikes that killed or wounded scores of militia fighters.” They also chanted “Death to America” as they mounted the attack.
Eventually, Iraqi security forces intervened and put up a steel barrier outside the embassy’s reception area, protecting those inside and forcing the protesters to retreat. At no point did the attackers make it inside the compound, The Post reported, “where diplomats and embassy staff sought refuge in a reinforced safe room.”
Trump responded to the unfolding situation via Twitter, tweeting from Mar-a-Lago, "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!"
The president later added in a subsequent tweet: "To those many millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and who don't want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is your time!"
Many of the protesters wore “militia uniforms and carried flags signifying their allegiance to the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, which had vowed to retaliate for the U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 militia members,” The Post reported.
U.S. officials said the strikes were “defensive” and intended to ward off further attacks against U.S. personnel by Iran’s allies in Iraq.