Iran just put an $80 million bounty on Donald Trump's head - and he continues to taunt them
The government of Iran has just put out a bounty to the tune of $80 million on President Donald Trump's head.
They made the announcement during the televised funeral of General Qasem Soleimani after Trump ordered a drone strike on him last week. The reports are also circulating all over social media and in a number of publications.
“Iran has 80 million inhabitants. Based on the Iranian population, we want to raise $80million (£61million) which is a reward for those who get close to the head of President Trump,” it was announced, according to en24.
OMG! Iran's regime just announced an $80 million bounty for anyone who brings the head of @realDonaldTrump for killing Soleimani.— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) January 5, 2020
PS: Iran's ppl however are overjoyed at Soleimani's death. As the #IranProtests have shown, they long for an end to the mullahs' tyranny #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/uB3zOG5EKA
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Iranian MP Abolfazl Aboutorabi also threatened to attack the American homeland.
“We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil, he said according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.
"We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time."
He went on: “this is a declaration of war, which means if you hesitate you lose. When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head.”
During an open session of parliament in Tehran, President Trump was called a "terrorist in a suit" for threatening to hit 52 Iranian sites, including ones important to "Iranian culture."
Trump has been tweeting late into the night on Saturday, taunting Iran to retaliate for his actions. He sent this after midnight:
"The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way...and without hesitation!"
Per military adviser Maj. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, who reports directly to Iran's Supreme Leader, they say there will be direct retaliation against US "military sites."
"It might be argued that there could be proxy operations. We can say America, Mr. Trump, has taken action directly against us -- so we take direct action against America."
If President Trump and Iran both fulfill their future promises, it's hard to not see this escalating into an official world war. The United Kingdom is already sending ships to the region anticipating a response to help out.
On a slightly positive note: Iran says that they're in no hurry to retaliate, and they will choose their targets carefully. "Our reaction will be wise, well considered and in time, with decisive deterrent effect," Dehghan said.