$80 million bounty on Donald Trump's head announced at funeral of slain Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
President Donald Trump reportedly has an $80 million bounty placed on his head in Iran in the wake of General Qassem Soleimani's assassination. An eulogist during the Soleimani's funeral broadcast on state TV Channel One said that one US dollar would be tabled for every Iranian in the country, with the total amount going to whoever kills Trump.
"Iran has 80 million inhabitants. Based on the Iranian population, we want to raise $80million (£61million) which is a reward for those who get close to the head of President Trump," the eulogist stated, according to Al Arabia. Tehran, over the weekend, vowed to avenge the Quds Force general's death, who was killed by a Reaper drone last Friday at Baghdad airport.
The attack on Soleimani heightened the tensions between Washington and Tehran and has raised the prospects of a wider conflict in the Middle East and possibly an impending war. Iranian MP Abolfazl Aboutorabi, earlier on Monday, threatened to attack the heart of American politics as he said: "We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on American soil. We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time," the Iranian Labour News Agency reported.
"This is a declaration of war, which means if you hesitate you lose," Aboutorabi continued in his statement. "When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head."
Tehran, during an open session of parliament on Monday afternoon, called President Trump a "terrorist in a suit" after the Republican threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites hard if Tehran attacks Americans or U.S. assets.
Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, was the architect of Tehran's clandestine and military operations abroad. The country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday, also promised revenge for the general's death.