Trump feared retaliation for Soleimani’s death. He left the party fearing for his life, a new book reveals

On January 3, 2020, Donald Trump, in his capacity as US president, ordered the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. The drone attack near the Baghdad airport was successful and the death of Soleimani dealt a significant blow to Iran. It also increased tensions in the region.

“He was a bad guy. He was a bloodthirsty terrorist and he is no longer. He is dead,” Trump announced the death of the Iranian general and commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards more than two years ago.

Done, they’re done. Trump described the removal of Soleimani

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According to the Pentagon, Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” The United States has designated the Quds Force, which Soleimani commanded, as a terrorist organization.

In December 2020, Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini posted a Tweet threatening retaliation. “Those who ordered the murder of General Soleimani, as well as those who carried it out, should be punished. Revenge will certainly be carried out at the right time,” Khomeini was heard to say.

He took the threats of the Iranians seriously

The authors of a new book about the Trump administration called The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017-2021 revealed that the ex-president took the Iranian threats seriously. At a cocktail party in Florida in December 2020, according to the authors, Trump was worried that Iran would try to assassinate him, so he quickly returned to the White House in Washington to feel safer.

In addition, according to the authors of the book, in January 2020, the United States considered further attacks on Iranian targets after Khomeini’s threat. In the end, however, they did not join them because Trump’s mandate was coming to an end. Trump lost the November presidential election and was going to be replaced by the new president, Joe Biden, in January next year. It is customary for the outgoing US president not to order any major military actions.


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