Seemingly in response to the recent stabbing of Salam Rushdie, a famous author, one Iranian newspaper, whose editor is chosen and controlled by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, put out an editorial that threatened the assassination of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former President Donald Trump.
As the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, the despotic theocratic regime in Iran had previously lauded Hadi Matar, who allegedly carried out the stabbing of Rushdie, an author who had been slammed with a death warrant multiple decades ago by the Iranian regime.
The published editorial from the Kayhan newspaper stated, ” … it is now the turn of Trump and Pompeo … God has taken his revenge on Rushdie. The attack on him shows it is not a difficult job to take similar revenge on Trump and Pompeo and from now on they will feel more in danger for their lives,” reported The Telegraph.
Trump called for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian terror master that commanded the troops of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, back in January of 2020.
As stated by The Telegraph, back in January of 2022, for the second anniversary of the strike that killed Soleimani, Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi exclaimed, “If the conditions for a fair trial of Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo and other criminals become available, they will be charged for committing this heinous crime and will face the consequence of their criminal actions. However, let there be no doubt that I say here to all American statesmen that the hand of revenge will eventually come out of the sleeve of our nation.
It was reported by The New York Post that back in April, Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “Is it true the IRGC is actively trying to murder former senior officials of the United States?”
“I’m not sure what I can say in an open setting,” answered Blinken. “Let me say generically, there is an ongoing threat against American officials both present and past.”
When Cruz posed the question about if the State Department had asked the IRGC to stop their attacks and threats against all officials from the U.S., Blinken answered, “Of course, within the context of any engagements that we have directly or indirectly with Iranians, one of the strong messages we sent to them is they need to stop targeting our people, period.”
“Did they tell you no?” continued Cruz.
“Again, I’m not going to characterize what they said, they know what they would need to do to address this problem,” fired back Blinken. “And that’s pretty straightforward.”