Wednesday, a terror attack in Iran prompted President Donald Trump to make a statement that said, in part, “states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.” His comments have sparked criticism, anger, and in some cases, support.
The Iranian attacks occurred in Tehran. Reportedly, Iran’s parliament and the nearby shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen, who killed at least two victims and injured 30. All of the attackers were also killed, according to reports, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
In a statement released following the horrific attacks, President Donald Trump’s said:
“We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times. We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote.”
That last part of the statement drew heavy criticism. Although the administration has made no secret that they believe Iran is one of the world’s “biggest state sponsor[s] of terrorism,” many Twitter followers reading Trump’s remarks were upset.
BREAKING: Trump responds to attacks in Iran by saying nations sponsoring terror ‘risk falling victim to the evil they promote.’
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 7, 2017
That’s a bad reaction to have. A president should condemn terror everywhere, not just in our allies.
— Eric Gallager (@cooljeanius) June 7, 2017
I sincerely apologize to the rest of the world. I know there are peaceful Muslims. Let us not let Trumps lack of empathy divide us!
— Destiny Dawn Raine (@DestinyDRaine) June 7, 2017
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis also indicated Iran sponsors terrorism. In March, Mattis reportedly said that in 2012, when he was a commander of U.S. Central Command, Iran “was the primary exporter of terrorism, frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behavior today.”
Some Twitter followers agreed, offering support for the president’s comments.
The harsh truth!
— Ziad Abou Jamra (@ziadaboujamra) June 7, 2017
Harsh but it is a truth. reap what ya sow.
— Connie Fridley (RP) (@1Craftikittti) June 7, 2017
Our own Dennis Michael Lynch supports the president’s comments. “What President Trump is saying is that if you play with fire you’re bound the get burned.” DML continued, “Now, if the president would say that statement in any other situation nobody would say a thing, but because this all points back to Islam, the Left rips him to shreds for what they deem is an insensitive comment. It’s total BS.”
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