Donald Trump has threatened Iraq with “very strong” sanctions on Sunday if US troops are forced to leave the country after the Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to demand their expulsion.
“If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before,” said US President Aboard Air Force One, back from Florida where he was on vacation.
“It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame,” he added.
“We have an extraordinarily expensive airbase there. It cost billions of dollars to build. We won’t leave if they don’t reimburse us, ”he said.
The Iraqi parliament on Sunday called on the government to “end the presence of foreign troops” in Iraq during a special session in the presence of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
The President has once again threatened Tehran with “major reprisals” for an Iranian attack on American installations in the Middle East in response to the US’s elimination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday by an American airstrike outside Baghdad International Airport.
“If they do anything, there will be major reprisals,” he said.
Iran’s response to the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani “will undoubtedly be military and against military sites,” said an adviser to the Iranian Supreme Leader, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
Trump has also once again threatened to hit Iranian cultural sites. “They have the right to kill our nationals and we do not have the right to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work like that, ”he said.