Former President Donald Trump wrote on social media this weekend that the policies of his successor, President Joe Biden, left the United States open to attack following a drone strike in Jordan that killed three U.S. soldiers. The comments came as Washington weighed possible retaliation against Iran for the incident.
A drone strike believed to be launched by pro-Iranian forces in Syria carried out the attack. The incident killed three U.S. servicemembers and wounded several others, including causing possible traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The attack was likely carried out by militias loyal to Iran and aided by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Washington considers the group a terrorist organization. Following an attack that killed one American in 2020, Trump launched an airstrike that killed the IRGC’s leader, Qassem Soleimani.
Trump called the attack a “horrible day for America.” Trump said that the incident was “yet another horrific and tragic consequence of Joe Biden’s weakness and surrender.”
“This attack would NEVER have happened if I was President, not even a chance – Just like the Iranian-backed Hamas attack on Israel would never have happened the War in Ukraine would never have happened, and we would right now have Peace throughout the World. Instead, we are on the brink of World War 3,” Trump wrote.
Page Three: This terrible day is yet more proof that we need an immediate return to PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH, so that there will be no more chaos, no more destruction, and no more loss of precious American lives. Our Country cannot survive with Joe Biden as Commander in Chief.…
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) January 28, 2024
Biden also came under pressure from Republicans in Congress to retaliate against Iran. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who recently endorsed Trump said that “enough is enough.” He called for the end of the Biden administration’s “appeasement of Iran.”
“It’s time for clear and decisive action, and Iran must be held accountable for the malign activities of its proxies,” Scott wrote.
There have been more than 100 similar attacks on the United States across the Middle East following the start of the war between Israel and Hamas last October. This includes attacks by Iran-backed Houthis on American civilian vessels and warships.
The United States and Great Britain have launched retaliatory airstrikes in Yemen to stop the Houthi attacks on shipping in and around the Red Sea.