There’s likely not much that any former official under President Donald Trump would have in common with any member of the current administration in the White House. However, the one common bond is that they’re all American citizens.
According to the Washington Examiner, in a rare move, President Joe Biden’s administration has put politics aside in its response to a series of death threats coming out of Iran that seem to target officials who served under Trump, vowing to protect them as they would any American citizen.
The threats reportedly originate from the Trump-ordered strike that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.
The “threats” have reportedly come in the form of “sanctions” that Iran announced against several former Trump officials, which the current White House believes to be a proxy word used in place of assassination threats.
“Make no mistake”
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan made clear on Sunday that the U.S. will not tolerate such threats against American citizens, including former White House officials.
“Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens,” Sullivan said.
He added: “This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served.”
“We will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran,” he continued. “Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 52 people named yesterday, it will face severe consequences.
In remarks published by a state-run media service, IRGC Quds Force Commander Sardar Esmail Qaani made clear that Iran intends on doing harm to those who were in charge during the strike that killed their former commander.
“Wherever it is needed, we will provide for the basis of revenge against the Americans from within their houses and by people by their side without us being present,” Qaani said.
He added: “If wise people in America are found who deal with those who committed the atrocity of assassinating Commander Soleimani, this action will be much less burdensome for America than if the offspring of the Resistance Front, who know no bounds, to themselves go and take this revenge.”
While it would be unprecedented and highly unlikely for the rogue nation to carry out such a threat against U.S. citizens, which would spark a major international incident, in the times in which we currently live, nothing is off the table.