News ID: 264124
Published: 0616 GMT January 09, 2020

Trump’s speech about US assassination shows his ‘level of stupidity’: Analyst

Trump’s speech about US assassination shows his ‘level of stupidity’: Analyst

The false claims made by US President Donald Trump during a speech on Wednesday following the American assassination of a top Iranian general and Tehran’s swift retaliation illustrates the US leader’s “level of stupidity” and his inability to think strategically, a political analyst in Maryland says.

In his remarks, Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat posed by the Daesh terrorist group and spread a false tale of the US paying out billions of dollars to Iran, according to The Associated Press, Presstv Reported.

“What we gather from Trump’s speech is that he shows neither how to be diplomatic, gracious or knowledgeable of circumstances and consequences,” said Myles Hoenig, who ran for Congress in 2016 as a Green Party candidate.

“Regardless of what Trump has said, his future actions are still unpredictable, as he does not seem to have the ability to think strategically and focuses almost entirely on how he is perceived,” Hoenig said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.

“In his own little world, with the minimal number of supporters that he has, being seen as in charge is easy to pull off, as his loyal followers dare not challenge anything he does and salivate over every word as if it’s a gospel truth,” he added.

The US military carried out an airstrike on the direction of Trump at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday, assassinating Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, as well as eight other companions.

Early on Wednesday, Iran responded to the assassination, striking the American airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq and another in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

There have been reports of casualties and extensive material damage at Ain al-Assad.

The US has said no Americans have been killed and that the base has suffered “minor damage” in the aftermath of the raids, but it has reportedly been refusing to let Iraqi forces and media into the site.

In his address to the nation from the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration will impose new sanctions against Iran and will ask the NATO military alliance to get more involved in the Middle East following Iran’s retaliation for the US assassination of Iran’s most prominent anti-terror commander.

Trump also called on Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China to break off from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran.

“Calling for more sanctions on Iran and calling on the European powers that signed on to the nuclear agreement to withdraw shows almost a level of stupidity not fitting a world leader,” Hoeing said.

“He’s asking his ‘partners’ to take sides with him, when he has shown that no sensible person should dare to line up with him, and especially when the circumstances for failure could be so dire,” Hoeing added.

 
 
   
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