Last week, President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani, worsening the growing tensions between the United States and Iran.
As millions gathered to mourn Soleimani, Iranian leaders vowed to take "harsh revenge" against the United States.
It's unclear what form this revenge will take. So far, Iran has said it's no longer bound by the Obama-era nuclear agreement limiting the country's enrichment of Uranium. Hackers attributed to Iran also appeared to hack the Federal Depository Library Program website to feature an image of a battered Trump and a condemnation of the strike.
There's likely more to come, but the specifics have yet to be revealed.
Hesameddin Ashena, a leading adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, may have just given us a chilling hint.
Ashena tweeted a video about Trump's real estate properties, along with a quote from Iran's late leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
من به تمام دنیا با قاطعیت اعلام میکنم که اگر جهانخواران بخواهند در مقابلِ دین ما بایستند، ما در مقابل همه دنیای آن… https://t.co/l9pQoNAFRe— Hesameddin Ashena (@Hesameddin Ashena) 1578211265.0
The quote reads:
"I tell the whole world that if the world wants to stand up to our religion, we will stand up against their whole world."
Some considered the tweet a threat to retaliate against Trump's numerous properties across the United States.
A large amount of Trump properties are hotels and resorts, which led some to urge people not to stay at the properties while tensions with Iran approach a boiling point.
I don't *think* the Iranians are serious here, but this is exactly the sort of thing that could goad Trump into esc… https://t.co/aOohzcqqjE— Zack Beauchamp (@Zack Beauchamp) 1578334556.0
All Trump properties, incl. Trump Tower in New York & Mar-a-Lago in Florida, are now direct targets in Iran’s reven… https://t.co/ql9NPC52Ec— Stephanie Kennedy (@Stephanie Kennedy) 1578329080.0
Please spread the word. The State Department will not issue this warning, but Americans need to know: You are NOT… https://t.co/9H1OzCn9m1— Thomas B. Malone (@Thomas B. Malone) 1578194074.0
Anyone who's thinking about staying at a Trump property should know they are now targets of Iran retaliation. They… https://t.co/G4Fr0Gdt0T— John Oberlin (@John Oberlin) 1578250804.0
I wouldn't be caught dead at a Trump property, but with Iran tweeting out a list of his buildings, it might be time… https://t.co/aX0lxG67Yn— Quid pro quo, Clarice... Quid pro quo... (@Quid pro quo, Clarice... Quid pro quo...) 1578337703.0
The response also highlighted why a President balancing private business dealings with public duties can pose a threat to national security.
Trump needs to immediately divest from his businesses and comply with the emoluments clause. Iran could threaten Tr… https://t.co/A8VZadROWy— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar) 1578329244.0
Now do you see why Democrats called on Trump to divest his businesses? 1)Trump assassinates Iranian Military leade… https://t.co/KkvFjqpNQY— Ms. Krassenstein (@Ms. Krassenstein) 1578338583.0
So if Iran really is targeting Trump properties, does that mean that US military now have to fortify and patrol eve… https://t.co/Ed3P4fkvx6— Dawn (@Dawn) 1578338132.0
Trump has threatened to target Iranian cultural sites—a war crime—to counter any retaliation by Iran.