Reports on Thursday evening flooded news networks, detailing how a revered military leader from Iran was killed in a U.S.-launched airstrike on the order of President Donald Trump.
Shortly after that attack was announced, many on social media were reminded that a tweet from Trump’s son, Eric Trump, appeared to look as if he knew the attack was imminent.
The Pentagon confirmed the killing on Thursday morning came about on order from the president, Military Times reported.
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization,” a statement from the Department of Defense read.
The DoD further claimed that Iran, and Soleimani specifically, were “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
The airstrike from the U.S. came about just days after protests erupted at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. American officials claimed earlier in the week that those protests were instigated by Tehran.
Those protests broke out on December 31 of last year, according to the New York Times. On that same date, Eric Trump sent out a tweet, which has since been deleted. Twitter user @realTuckFrumper had a screengrab of the tweet, which suggested military action was coming forth.
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) January 3, 2020
“Bout to open up a big ol’ can of whoop ass,” Eric Trump’s tweet read. It was followed with a flag emoji.
Other users on social media also verified the tweet as being legitimately posted by Eric Trump on that date. There’s no indication or confirmation that he was indeed aware of military action occurring later on in the week, but the words from Eric Trump caught many people’s attention after the airstrikes were announced.
On Thursday evening, President Trump sent out a tweet with no words, but rather an image of the American flag. Many questioned what the significance of the tweet meant, and whether it signaled that more action against Iran would be taken in the days ahead, including from Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under former President Barack Obama.
At this moment, I would like a little more specificity about our strategy from our commander in chief than this: https://t.co/TQQ7r9C3je
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) January 3, 2020
Eric Trump is not a member of the Trump administration, and helps his brother, Donald Trump Jr., with operations of the Trump Organization. His knowledge of an impending attack against a foreign leader would be a breach of security protocols, and highly unusual.