Donald Trump’s decision to authorize a military action that resulted in the killing of Qasem Soleimani was a shock to many. The operation has been controversial in the US, with many Democratic lawmakers saying that while Soleimani was a bad man, they weren’t sure why it was carried out in the way it was.
The decision by Trump is also not sitting well with some countries around the world. In response, the Iraqi government voted to expel American troops from the country. On Sunday night, Donald Trump threatened to sanction Iraq if they do remove US troops.
The President says he will be angry if Iraq goes through with the measure. “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis,” he said.
Trump continued, “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame. f there’s any hostility, that they do anything we think is inappropriate, we are going to put sanctions on Iraq, very big sanctions on Iraq.”
The President then delivered another warning saying Iraqi’s could be looking at a bill. “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time,” Trump said. “We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”
That last statement was quickly fact-checked by CNN’s Daniel Dale. The frequent Trump fact-checker tweeted, “Trump didn’t specify here, but the air base he has previously talked about costing the US “a fortune” to build, Al Asad, was actually built by…Iraq, in the ‘80s. The US has invested in improvements.”
Trump didn’t specify here, but the air base he has previously talked about costing the US “a fortune” to build, Al Asad, was actually built by…Iraq, in the ‘80s. The US has invested in improvements. https://t.co/6Xo99b2LQ5
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 6, 2020