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Trump Threatens War With Iran To Distract From His COVID-19 Failures

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday morning where he claimed to have instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian vessels that “harass” American warships in the Persian Gulf.

Trump tweeted saying:

“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump wrote.

Trump’s tweet came a week after the U.S. Navy accused Iranian gunboats of making “dangerous and harassing approaches” to American warships in the Persian Gulf.

Critics quickly noted Trump’s tactic to attempt to distract people from his poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the xenophobia isn’t doing the trick and providing a good enough distraction, there’s always the classic authoritarian move: gin up a war,” said Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“The mother of all distractions,” Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, said of Trump’s tweet.

Trump’s tweet came shortly after watching a “lengthy discussion of Iran launching a new military satellite” on Fox News.

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