“Revenge is definite,” was the threatening message in a video recently uploaded to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s official website depicting a drone assassination attack against the former U.S. President Donald Trump at his private residence/club, Mar-a-Lago.
The video depicts the former American president playing golf with former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other individuals. The threatening animation makes a direct reference to the late Iranian Quds Commander Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a drone attack outside Baghdad airport, ordered by then-U.S. President Trump on Jan. 3, 2020.
“Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price,” states the video.
The animation represents Iran’s most direct threat to date of its intent to avenge Soleimani’s death. The video singling out Trump follows another threat earlier this month to avenge Soleimani’s death if Trump is not tried.
Speaking at the second anniversary of Soleimani’s death, Iran’s radical president, Ebrahim Raisi, warned that Muslims could potentially carry out attacks against Trump and Pompeo.
“If Trump and (former secretary of state Mike) Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Raisi threatened.
Just days before Khamenei uploaded the Trump threat video, White House Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Tehran that it would face “serious consequences” if it targeted any U.S. citizens. He did not explicitly mention Trump or Pompeo.
“Yesterday, Iran purported to impose sanctions on 52 Americans. They do so as Iran’s proxy militias continue to attack American troops in the Middle East, and as Iranian officials threaten to carry out terror operations inside the United States and elsewhere around the world,” Sullivan stated. “Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served.”
During a White House press briefing after the Trump video was released, CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether the White House was working with Trump to protect the former president from a potential Iranian strike.
However, Psaki refused to elaborate on the specifics concerning Trump’s personal safety.
“I’m not going to speak to the work of our intelligence community. Obviously, the – the kind of rhetoric or video from the Supreme Leader is something that we’ve seen – you know, offensive – offensive rhetoric and behavior in the past. But I’m not going to speak to more specifics of internal discussions,” Psaki said.
While relations between U.S. President Joe Biden and Trump are strained, the U.S. has a legal duty to protect all U.S. citizens, including former presidents.
After this last video, Twitter permanently banned the account affiliated with the Supreme Leader.
“The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy,” a Twitter spokesperson informed the AFP.
Trump’s Twitter account was suspended long ago.
The social media giant has a controversial track record when it comes to its selective bans on individuals. Following the Capitol Hill attack in January 2020, Twitter accused Trump of incitement and decided to permanently ban the former president from the social media platform even though Trump had not explicitly threatened to use violence.
Meanwhile while Khamenei’s official account was banned, the Iranian Supreme Leader’s personal Twitter account is still active despite his repeated genocidal threats to wipe the Jewish state off the map.
The U.S. is currently in negotiations with Tehran to reach a nuclear agreement after Trump pulled out of the previous one and instead imposed heavy sanctions on the regime. Washington has increasingly articulated its frustration with Tehran’s foot-dragging and warned that it could consider other options to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons if diplomacy fails.
During a recent interview with the American radio station NPR, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that time was quickly running out for reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran.
“We have, I think, a few weeks left to see if we can get back to mutual compliance. We’re very, very short on time because Iran is getting closer and closer to the point where they could produce on very, very short order enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon,” Blinken declared.