Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps leader, Gen. Hossein Salami, ordered his naval units to be prepared to target U.S. warships after President Trump sent a clear warning to aggressive Iranian boats.
I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2020
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reports:
“I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships,” Salami said. “Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”
Salami has gained more attention in the IRGC, which is a designated terrorist organization, after President Donald Trump terminated his terrorist colleague Qassem Solemani earlier this year.
Salami’s remarks come after Trump announced on Wednesday that the administration’s new policy towards Iranian gunboats harassing U.S. naval ships was to “shoot them out of the water.”
The president doubled down on his remarks during the White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing later in the day, saying that the new rules of engagement were to “shoot them out of the water.”
Eleven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels came dangerously close to a U.S. flotilla last week, despite the U.S. crews issuing multiple warnings.