After days of escalating tensions in Iran, the United States confirmed it was behind the air strike that killed top Iranian leader Major General Qassim Suleimani, who led the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The attack, authorized by President Donald Trump, hit Baghdad International Airport and marks a shocking escalation in the souring relations between the United States and Iran.
Despite his promises to bring a stop to "endless Middle Eastern wars," the President is doubling down on the decision to kill Suleimani—an action which may make war with the nation inevitable.
Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578055470.0
....of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hat… https://t.co/MWO392yByM— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578059683.0
https://t.co/VXeKiVzpTf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578018773.0
But it's Donald Trump's old tweets that are raising eyebrows.
During the tenure of former President Barack Obama, Trump frequently tweeted that the President would use a war in Iran to win reelection or otherwise boost his approval ratings.
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1322596131.0
I always said @BarackObama will attack Iran, in some form, prior to the election.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1345148663.0
I predict that President Obama will at some point attack Iran in order to save face!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1379366633.0
Remember what I previously said--Obama will someday attack Iran in order to show how tough he is.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1380131046.0
Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly-not skilled!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1384138504.0
Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1350924216.0
The belief wasn't limited to his erratic Twitter feed either.
Trump, who frequently brags about his ability to make deals, said in the video that Obama would start a war with Iran because of his lack of negotiating skills:
"Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He's weak and he's ineffective. So the only way he figures that he's going to get reelected and is sure as you're sitting there is to start a war with Iran."
Iran's President, Hassan Rouhani, vowed revenge against the United States for the "heinous crime."
The flag of General Soleimani in defense of the country's territorial integrity and the fight against terrorism and… https://t.co/xmc6PavwjP— Hassan Rouhani (@Hassan Rouhani) 1578038893.0
Given Trump's former statements, some are certain that he's escalating conflict in Iran in hopes for reelection or distraction from his impending impeachment trial in the Senate.
Guys, we should all be worried. Trump believes that starting a war with Iran is a winning strategy. https://t.co/XQZGlAPFGy— Covie (@Covie) 1578016774.0
@realDonaldTrump @BarackObama To be re-elected and to forget the impeachment procedure (believing himself above law… https://t.co/H6a2n1YsQi— Canard_WC (@Canard_WC) 1578058939.0
@realDonaldTrump @HillaryWarnedUs @BarackObama Obama would never have done that,but Trump sure would. To deflect fr… https://t.co/tNCgpdxGqW— Elainejul (@Elainejul) 1578017523.0
That aged well Don, you absolute turd. https://t.co/j3C7o9eJ2q— MrsS383 (@MrsS383) 1578065973.0
@realDonaldTrump @BarackObama Hello, Donald Trump from the past. I really hope the present Donald Trump doesn't pl… https://t.co/OqeN9vHh26— frydaja 🏬🌳🚉 (@frydaja 🏬🌳🚉) 1578017482.0
@realDonaldTrump @BarackObama Trump is one of the biggest conmen in history. He campaigned on lie after lie, claimi… https://t.co/mcV9ELkwsG— Ben Norton (@Ben Norton) 1578017902.0
It's unclear as of now how Iran will retaliate.