U.S. President Donald Trump called into conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Friday, October 9th, during which he discussed Iranian support for US-designated terrorist groups and his decision to withdraw from Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
Trump’s two-hour-long interview on Limbaugh's show was portrayed as a "virtual rally" which was broadcast across the U.S. for his supporters.
During the conversation, Trump told listeners that Iran had been "put on notice" and that the country would face consequences if its leaders stepped out of line.
Trump said the following:
"Iran knows that… If you f*ck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before."
Limbaugh's radio show had to censor the President's expletive comment though footage of Limbaugh in the studio caught the uncensored words.
Trump don't "fuck" with us. pic.twitter.com/0gB9s6yDdk
— Yaakov Pollak (@Yanky_Pollak) October 9, 2020
Trump withdrew the U.S. in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal brokered under the Obama administration, expressing he did so because there weren’t enough restrictions on the country’s nuclear program. Trump has consistently said the U.S. got a "bad deal."
The president told Limbaugh that Iran would make a new nuclear deal with the U.S. if he wins the upcoming November 3rd election, saying he would secure a ‘great deal’ within a month.
According to the New York Post, Trump added:
"I hate to say it on an important show like this, but I’ll say it, you don’t see the terror the way you used to see the terror. And they know if they do anything against us, they’ll pay 1,000-fold."
It's not clear if Trump broke the law when he swore on the airwaves. However, the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the industry, says that federal law prohibits "obscene, indecent and profane content from being broadcast."
Earlier this year in January, Trump ordered the assassination by drone of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s clandestine overseas paramilitary force, after the U.S. said he was aiding in plots against the United States. U.S. officials assassinated Soleimani in an airstrike near Baghdad, at its airport with Iraqi militia head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis also losing his life. The strike put the region on the brink of war for the weeks following, leaving many on the internet believing that we were headed for war.
The strike on Soleimani in January was justified by the U.S. Department of Defence as being “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.” The agency further added, ” Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th.”
Iran retaliated after the killing of Soleimani days later by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi airbases housing U.S. forces, NBC reported.
Following that act a few months later an Iranian prosecutor Ali Alghasimehr proclaimed the country had issued an unlikely enforceable Interpol red notice arrest warrant for United States President Donald Trump and others for their role in the assassination of a leading military commander. Still, Iran’s Alqasimehr further stated that it will continue to pursue the indictment long after Trump’s presidency, Anewspost previously reported.
Trump has broad powers in matters of military conflict under the U.S. constitution. However, some experts raised questions about the legality of the strike. Trump very likely faces no danger of arrest, but the charges emphasize the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal years ago. In addition to withdrawing from the nuclear deal, Trump has imposed numerous economic sanctions on the country’s oil industry, as well as banking and other key sectors for Iran’s economy.