JERUSALEM — U.S. President Donald Trump put the Iranian regime on notice Friday not to use terrorism against the American people and allies or face unprecedented retaliation.
During a two-hour live phone interview with Rush Limbaugh — the most-listened to talk radio host in America — Trump covered many domestic topics.
But it was clear that the mullahs in Iran are very much on his mind.
In his bluntest warming yet to Tehran, Trump dropped the F-bomb, hoping perhaps that would suffice in preventing Tehran from doing anything that would require dropping military bombs.
“They’ve been put on notice, if you f*** around with us, you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before and they understand that,” the president told Limbaugh’s millions of listeners.
Evangelicals, who make up a large part of Limbaugh’s following and Trump’s political base, do not appreciate such vulgar language. But many will appreciate the sentiment because they feel the Iranian regime poses a real and grave threat to both U.S. and Israeli national security.
“Don’t forget, look at what’s happened to terrorism,” Trump told Limbaugh. “Iran was a very wealthy nation. [They were] given $150 billion — plus $1.8 billion — in cash by [President Barack] Obama [in the Iran nuclear deal]. They were a very wealthy nation, and now they’re a very poor nation. And the terrorists’ organizations — I knock on wood as I say it ’cause it’s easy to start something — they’re not fighting like they used to. You know why? Because they have no money because Iran is bust. Iran is bust because of me, because of sanctions and other things. And the whole picture of terror — you don’t see terror [attacks]....you don’t see the terror the way you used to see the terror.
“And they [in Tehran] know if they do anything against us they’ll pay a thousand-fold problem,” Trump continued. “They’re gonna have a thousand-fold difference because they know now that we have things that we never had before. We have strength in weapons that we never had before. We never had it like we have it now and Iran knows that.”
The Iranian leaders “have been put on notice,” Trump said. “If you f*** around with us — you do something bad to us — we are going to do things to you that have never been done before and they understand that.”
“But here’s the thing,” Trump stressed. Iran “is no longer rich and they’re not giving out hundreds of millions of dollars to Hamas and all these other groups that caused all the problems.“
Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.