President Donald Trump's first public response to the killing of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was tweeting out a pixelated image of the American flag, but his first public statement wasn't much more expansive.
The president ordered the killing of Suleimani in response to the Iran-backed siege of the U.S. embassy in Iraq, and he tweeted out a baffling statement Friday morning.
Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1578055470.0
Other Twitter users were confused.
25th Amendment and a ticket to the Hague before this man gets us all killed https://t.co/3Vbu2aC37u— Ryan Grim (@Ryan Grim)1578055700.0
Trump is just dropping vague, wrong, unhelpful comments into a tense and volatile situation. #facepalm https://t.co/KdUUsuIuv2— Josh Rogin (@Josh Rogin)1578055750.0
What does this even mean??? https://t.co/3OX5Bq2ILX— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@Aldin 🇧🇦)1578055561.0
@realDonaldTrump Every time you say something I get sad that words exist— Saša Stanišić (@Saša Stanišić)1578055611.0
@realDonaldTrump Tell us how @EricTrump knew about this and congress didn’t ?! https://t.co/dBVWztd8F6— Outspoken (@Outspoken)1578055750.0
@realDonaldTrump You’re an ignorant cowardly draft-dodging sociopath with no strategic plan or regard for human lif… https://t.co/lFabveHCo8— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1578056214.0
@realDonaldTrump All I know is when Obama was president, #WWIII never trended on Twitter. True story.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1578055599.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump never fought a war, but never lost a bankruptcy.— Zina Spezakis, CFA ✊🏼🌈🌹🌎 (@Zina Spezakis, CFA ✊🏼🌈🌹🌎)1578055517.0
@realDonaldTrump You ordered the killing of Suleimani without consulting Congress. You pulled US out of deals and l… https://t.co/qUyINt0Ctc— Outspoken (@Outspoken)1578055653.0
@realDonaldTrump I'll leave this here for no reason. https://t.co/vDNdKCIcWb— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️)1578055595.0