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President Trump Just Kicked Off 2018 With A Twitter Rant—Obviously

President Trump Just Kicked Off 2018 With A Twitter Rant—Obviously
5 months ago

President Trump kicked off 2018 the only way he knows how: by threatening global security with a 'tweet' button. In the early hours of January 1st, he sounded off:

Iran is, of course, a familiar target for the President. While it's not unusual for a sitting US President to support the rights of protesters to voice their grievances in a foreign nation, as President Obama and Secretary Clinton did in 2009 during the Green Movement, it is unusual for a sitting US President to call on a foreign nation's citizens to turn against their regime outright. His vitriol directed towards Pakistan, is relatively new, though, according to an article published in The New York Times last Friday, the administration has been considering withholding $255 million in aid from the country. 

Both of these nations have global nuclear significance. Of course, President Trump has threatened to toss out the Iran Nuclear Deal, which many foreign policy experts believe could set off a middle east arms race, and Pakistan, already a nuclear nation, is in danger of becoming so destabilized that its stockpiles end up in the hands of hostile non-state actors. Needless to say, these are not two nations that the United States should be looking to antagonize.

About an hour after President Trump's tweet, Pakistan's Foreign Minister responded, saying:

And he wasn't the only one. Many pointed out where he was getting his facts wrong on Pakistan:

Meanwhile, people responded to the President's tweets about Pakistan's western neighbor, Iran. Some were quick to point out his hypocrisy:

And the fact that the President's support for street protest seems to only apply to certain nations:

While this person defended President Obama's landmark deal with the Iranians:

What region will the President destabilize next?

H/T: Twitter