Trump Tuesday: World reacts to Donald Trump’s furious Twitter rant at Iran

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Donald Trump’s explosive Twitter tirade has unleashed a torrent of responses, ranging from Iran’s official retort and wild memes.

IRAN’S foreign minister has hit back at Donald Trump with a dire warning styled in an imitation of the US President’s explosive Twitter rant, declaring himself: “UNIMPRESSED.”

Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Mr Trump’s warning to the Iranian president to “NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN” with his own shouty message.

“We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries,” said Mr Zarif. “BE CAUTIOUS!”

The head of Iran’s powerful Basij militia said Mr Trump’s threats were “psychological warfare”.

“He is not in a position to act against Iran. The people and the armed forces will stand up against our enemies and will not come up short,” said General Gholam Hossein Gheypour, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

The stark messages came after the US President posted a furious tirade to Twitter on Sunday night, in response to Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warning that the “mother of all wars” would take place if the US maintained hostilities.

“Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” said Mr Rouhani, scoffing at any threat to halt oil exports. “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”

The President reacted with a blistering late-night attack on his counterpart, warning that “YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES” and “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE.”

A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Mr Trump’s words amounted to “psychological warfare”.

“We will never abandon our revolutionary beliefs,” Mr Gheybparvar added. “We will resist pressure from enemies.”

At least social media was able to find the humour in the war of words. Users of the US President’s favourite platform rushed to parody the hyperbole of Mr Trump’s all-capitals tweet.

As the meme spread, one user found the perfect photo to help us imagine Mr Trump screaming the words in real life.

Others were more straightforward in their criticism, questioning why it was necessary for the President to tweet in capitals — and whether the vicious response was appropriate for someone in his position. Many wondered at the choice of platform to send the message: Twitter is banned in Iran.

Despite the jokes, there may be serious consequences to the US President’s vicious response.

Senior White House officials scrambled to excuse the President’s wild outburst.

“If anybody’s inciting anything, look no further than to Iran,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

She declined to say whether Mr Trump had consulted with his aides before posting the tweet, but added: “The President consults with his national security team on a daily basis.”

National security adviser John Bolton backed his position, saying he had spoken with Mr Trump about Iran over the past few days. “President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before,” he said.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who on Sunday compared the Iranian government to the “mafia”, attempted to assuage the concerns of ordinary citizens.

“To our Iranian-American and Iranian friends: The Trump Administration dreams the same dreams for the people of #Iran as you do, and through our labors and God’s providence they will one day come true,” he tweeted.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the President’s “strong stance” after years in which the Iranian “regime was pampered by world powers.”

In May, Mr Trump stepped back from Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which restricted Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

It was the concern that sanctions could be reinstated that led to Mr Rouhani’s warning.

He has accused the US of stoking an “economic war” and suggested Iran could immediately ramp up its production of uranium in response, escalating the nuclear threat.

The European Union, Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China have reaffirmed their support for the deal and have been working to try and keep Iran on board.

“Iran is angry since Trump responded to Tehran’s engagement diplomacy by pulling the US out of the nuclear deal,” Iranian politician Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the AP.

He said the war of words between the two presidents was to be expected, since official diplomatic relations between the two countries have been frozen for decades.

“They express themselves through speeches since diplomatic channels are closed,” he said.

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