Trump Tweeted Repeatedly That Obama Would Start War With Iran To Win Re-Election
Tweets from 2011 and 2012 in which Donald Trump predicted that then-President Barack Obama would start a war with Iran to secure his reelection are going viral following Trump’s order to assassinate a top Iranian general, according to Business Insider.
Trump ordered the airstrike that killed Iranian Maj, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force and was one of the most powerful men in the Middle East.
Yet, when Obama was in office, Trump condemned the idea of military action against Iran.
“Now that Obama’s poll numbers are in tailspin -- watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate,” he tweeted Oct. 9, 2012.
“Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He’s weak and he’s ineffective. So he only way he figures that he’s going to get reelected -- and as sure as you’re sitting there -- is to start a war with Iran,” he said in a video filmed in his Trump Tower office on Nov. 16, 2011.
Trump’s attacks on Obama’s Iran policy came as tensions were heightened over Iran’s nuclear program. During his second term, Obama successfully negotiated the Iran nuclear deal with reformist president Hassan Rouhani in exchange for sanctions relief.
President Trump eliminated the nuclear deal in 2018 and introduced new, punishing sanctions. As tensions escalated, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was attacked on Tuesday by protesters from an Iran-backed militia.