White House refuses to say if it’ll protect Trump against Iran’s assassination threat

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently refused to say whether the Biden administration would help to protect former President Donald Trump from the assassination threat recently made against him by Iran. 

In case you missed it, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this past week according to The Independent, released a video showing Trump being assassinated via drone strike while playing golf at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida resort.

The video also shows a text message that reads, “Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price.”

Background

Iran has recently upped its rhetoric against America, Trump, and members of the Trump administration. The cause is the recent two-year anniversary of the drone strike, carried out by the Trump administration, that killed Qassem Soleimani, the former head of Iran’s paramilitary.

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president, went so far as to call for Trump’s assassination.

“If Trump and (former secretary of state Mike) Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Raisi said. “The aggressor, murderer, and main culprit – the then president of the United States – must be tried and judged under the (Islamic) law of retribution, and God’s ruling must be carried out against him.”

As part of the anniversary, Iran, in addition to targeting Trump and Trump officials with threats, also added Trump and others to a, largely symbolic, sanctions list.

“I’m not going to . . .”

It was during Thursday’s press conference that Psaki was asked whether the Biden administration would help to protect Trump from these threats from Iran.

“I’m not going to speak to the work of our intelligence community,” Psaki said.

She continued: “Obviously, the — the kind of rhetoric or video from the Supreme Leader is something that we’ve seen — you know, offensive — offensive rhetoric and behavior in the past. But I’m not going to speak to more specifics of internal discussions.”

CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, the reporter who pressed Psaki on this issue, followed up by asking, “But are you aware of the video?”

“I don’t have any more details on it,” Psaki replied.

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