Soleimani's killing sparked Trump's downfall, says Iran's Rouhani: 'He will go into the dustbin of history'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has claimed that President Donald J. Trump put the nail in the coffin of his "crazy" regime by assassinating Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Rouhani said he believed Trump would be cast into the "dustbin of history" once he leaves the White House on January 20, according to The Sun. The Iranian leader said during a televised session of the cabinet that the "foolish" assassination of the commander of the IRGC Quds Force had led to the end of ‘Trumpism’, Al Manar reported.
Soleimani was assassinated in a targeted US drone strike -- approved by Trump -- on January 3, 2020, in Baghdad.
“One of the consequences of this shameless and foolish deed is the end of Trumpism,” said Rouhani, as the first anniversary of the general’s death loomed. “A few days from now, the rule of this savage and crazy murderer will end, and the whole history of his regime will go into the dustbin of history.”
“I’m confident that after Trump the situation concerning security and stability in the region will become significantly better,” he added.
Rouhani said Soleimani's death was "revenge" against Iran and branded the late general as a "national hero" and a "source of pride for all nations in the region and the whole Muslim world." According to the Iranian president, the assassination was also intended to instigate other independent nations in the region -- a "revenge against the great nations that stood against the US and Zionists’ conspiracies.”
Rouhani further alleged that the Daesh terror group (Islamic State) was a “mercenary force for the US and Israel" and claimed both Washington and Tel Aviv have taken advantage “of turmoil and insecurity in the region.”
Trump has taken a hard stance against Iran after the US embassy in Baghdad was targeted by rockets on December 20. “Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq,” the president wrote, sharing a photo of the three rockets. “Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.”
...Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
That said, Rouhani's remarks come at the heels of Iran vowing to avenge the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who reportedly died in an armed attack near the capital Tehran. According to The Sun, the bomb and gun attack is widely believed to be the work of an elite Israeli hit squad.
In September, Trump denounced alleged assassination threats against US ambassador to South Africa, Lana J Marks, and vowed that any such attack by Iran would be met with a response "1,000 times greater in magnitude." His statement came just hours after US intelligence reports stated Iran was plotting to avenge Soleimani's killing. "According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attack, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani," the President tweeted on September 14. "Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!"
...caused over so many years. Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2020