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Trump Threatens Iran With ‘Great And Overwhelming Force’ Over ‘Insulting Statement’

President Donald Trump On Tuesday fired off a barrage of raging tweets threatening Tehran with “great and overwhelming force” after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the White House “mentally retarded” in the wake of fresh sanctions targeting the Supreme Leader.

“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have,” Trump tweeted. “Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.”

“Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality,” Trump added. “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!”

Trump signed an executive order on Monday enacting new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader and other high-ranking officials in an effort to further cripple the country’s economy.

Rouhani said the sanctions were “idiotic” and closed the doors on the chances of a diplomatic solution.

The move came days after Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone. The two sides have disputed whether the drone was over Iranian airspace at the time.

The president said Friday that the U.S. was prepared to carry out a retaliatory strike, but that he called it off after learning at the last minute of the expected Iranian casualties.

Trump has in recent weeks adopted a bizarrely contradicting rhetoric toward Iran, at times threatening an aggressive military response if provoked and at other times expressing a desire to negotiate with Tehran.

“I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us, a lot of restraint, and that doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future,” the president said Monday.

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