Right after the New York Times reported on Sunday afternoon that Deutsche Bank flagged Donald Trump for foreign money laundering in 2016 and 2017, Trump suddenly decided that he needed to create a distraction by threatening Iran. The thing is, we’ve seen him do this before – to a different country – and he’s even recycling his own verbiage.
Here’s the juvenile idiocy that Donald Trump tweeted about Iran: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” Sound familiar? Back in September 23rd, 2017, when Trump needed a distraction, he posted this tweet: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
We all know how that one ended up playing out. Trump had been bluffing all along when it came to his threats against North Korea. Not only did it work as a temporary distraction from his scandals, it set things up so Trump could later swoop in and “save the day” by cutting the world’s worst deal with North Korea. So much for Kim Jong Un not being “around much longer.” It sort of puts a damper on Trump’s threat to bring about “the official end of Iran.”
We have no way of knowing what Donald Trump will end up doing with regard to Iran. But thus far every bit of it has come across as a convenient distraction to his worsening criminal scandals, and an attempt at setting the stage so he can eventually take credit for “fixing” the Iran mess he’s creating. We’ll see – but Trump has played this game on us before.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report