Washington, D.C. – The world’s worst terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, met his end on January 3rd, 2020. On President Donald J. Trump’s order, the U.S. military executed a flawless strike on Soleimani to keep Americans safe from this mass murderer—who had plans to kill again.
As President Trump promised, the maximum pressure campaign on Iran is now increasing. New sanctions announced last week are targeting the regime’s last remaining sources of export revenue, which Iran’s leaders used to fund terrorism around the world.
President Trump: It’s a disgrace that anyone defends Soleimani
“Today, I am holding the Iranian regime responsible for attacks against United States personnel and interests by denying it substantial revenue that may be used to fund and support its nuclear program, missile development, terrorism and terrorist proxy networks, and malign regional influence,” the President said.
These measures will specifically target pivotal industries such as construction, manufacturing, and mining. Any person who puts profits over peace by doing business with these prohibited sectors in Iran will be hit with powerful secondary sanctions.
“These punishing economic sanctions will remain until the Iranian regime changes its behavior,” the President added.
Peace through strength—the bedrock of President Trump’s foreign policy—rejects appeasement and seeks creative diplomacy backed by a strong negotiating position. Giving a violent regime money and ignoring its bad behavior, as the failed Iran nuclear deal did, never works. Iran’s leaders must know that terrorism is totally off the table.
The good news is that under President Trump, America is negotiating from a position of strength. Our economy is booming, with the unemployment rate at a 50-year low and our energy sector leading the world in oil and natural gas production. Iran, buckling under the weight of American-led sanctions, is headed in the opposite direction.
The New York Times confirmed those basic facts just yesterday. “Iran’s Grim Economy Limits Its Willingness to Confront the U.S.,” its headline read. “Fearful of public anger over a plunging economy, Iran’s leaders appear to be turning inward, pulling back from escalation.”
“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”
Press Secretary: The people of Iran have President Trump’s full support