Lame ducks presidents usually do not dream of threatening war in their final days. But Trump is anti, but general.
- Lame duck presidents generally avoid doing anything very provocative in their last days, especially when it comes to national security. But Donald Trump is regular.
- Trump has issued new threats against Iran in the wake of the rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, which the US has blamed on pro-Iranian militants.
- Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden says he has not received detailed explanations from the Pentagon.
- It is not clear whether Biden was briefed on the situation with Iran within 27 days.
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President Donald Trump will leave the White House in a month, but you will not know it from his behavior.
Beyond his refusal to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden, the president continues to threaten Iran with military action and his administration Discussed possible answers The recent rocket attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad are believed to have been carried out by Iranian-backed militants.
Meanwhile, Biden claims to be stoned by the Pentagon and that many important issues have not been fully explained.
Trump has said that following the discovery of the massive, uncomfortable Solar Winds Hack “Everything is under control.” Biden said Wednesday it had “no evidence” to support it, and suggested the department did not come up with information about the hack. The president-elect said the Department of Defense “does not even tell us briefly about many things.” The Pentagon dismissed the claim and described it “Very wrong” In a statement on Wednesday.
It is unclear whether Biden was briefed on the situation with Iran and possible actions by Trump.
The Biden change team did not comment when contacted by Insider.
Trump issued a stern warning to Iran in the final days of his term
Trump has been an unusually president since the moment he took office, but his different approach to leadership has been particularly stark since his defeat in the election for Biden.
Most lame duck presidents would never dream of threatening war or military action against an adversary – usually focusing on the ultimate policies of their legacy as their staff begin to renew their counterparts during the transition – but Trump has not strayed from that.
In mid-November, Trump asked top aides Military options against Iran Regarding its nuclear program, but eventually spoken to by senior advisers, he warned of the potential for provoking a broader conflict in the final days of his tenure. Iran has violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which has been steadily collapsing since Trump withdrew in May 2018.
Most recently, he condemned Iran over its attacks on the Baghdad embassy.
“Our embassy in Baghdad was hit by several rockets on Sunday. Three rockets failed to fire. Guess where they came from: Iran,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “We are now hearing the conversation of additional attacks on Americans in Iraq. Some friendly health advice to Iran: If an American is killed, I will hold Iran accountable. Think about it.”
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“The rocket attack on the Green Zone in Iraq on December 20, 2020 was definitely carried out by an Iranian-backed militant group,” said Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for the Federal Command. Said In a statement. He said the 21 rocket attack was “not clear to avoid casualties”.
But earlier this week, Federal Commander General Frank McKenzie also told the Wall Street Journal that he did not know “how complicit Iran is” in the incident.
“We are not looking for a war. I do not really believe they will look for one,” McKenzie said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Sharif responded to Trump in a tweet, accusing the president of “irresponsibly” involving Iran in the attack. “Trump will take full responsibility for any adventure that comes out.” Said Zarif.
‘Trump is ending the year he started trying to provoke a catastrophic war’
Trump’s threats against Iran in the wake of the rocket attack in Baghdad prompted a drone strike nearly a year later. The Sholaymani massacre was partly inspired by the rocket attack in Iraq Killed an American contractor In late December 2019.
But tensions between the US and Iran have reached historic heights before, largely due to Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign to clean up the Iranian economy.
In November, a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated. Iran accuses Israel of plotting to assassinate Experts, meanwhile, say the assassination was part of Trump’s desire to thwart Biden’s aspirations to return to the 2015 deal. Some analysts suspect that Trump may take further action to tie Biden’s hands.
“It’s a friendly reminder before Trump does what he’s going to do to Iran, it’s his fault,” said Stephen Miles, managing director of WinWit War. Tweeted On Wednesday. “He sparked a working diplomatic nuclear deal and relations. All failed to try ‘maximum pressure’, which failed predictably and now we are back here.”
Derek Johnson, CEO of Global Zero, the anti – nuclear group, said in a tweet Said, “I see Trump ending the year he started trying to provoke a catastrophic war with Iran.”