In July 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted a serious warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, saying if they continue provoking the United States, their country would “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”
Guess which Iranian official responded to this message from Trump?
That’s right — none other than Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani.
“It is beneath the dignity of our president to respond to you. I, as a soldier, respond to you,” Soleimani said in July 2018 in response to Trump’s warning.
“You threaten us with an action that is ‘unprecedented’ in the world. This is cabaret-style rhetoric. Only a cabaret owner talks to the world this way,” he continued.
Soleimani dared Trump to retaliate against Iran, saying “we are ready” for a fight.
“We are near you, where you can’t even imagine. We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossein, you better ask. Come; we are ready. We are the man of this arena. You know that this war would mean annihilation of all your means. You may begin the war, but it is us who will end it,” Soleimani concluded.
Days later, the tensions subsided after the Trump administration opted to wait it out.
However, Soleimani’s defiance against the United States and Trump came to a screeching halt, with the commander being killed at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, just days after Iran-backed militias besieged the U.S. embassy.
Ultimately, it appears Trump got the last word in the exchange with Soleimani — and it proved fatal.
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