İrem UZUN -TDO- Twitter said Friday it has permanently banned an account that some in Iran believe is linked to the office of the country’s supreme leader after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump.
The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed that carried a link to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website. It’s captioned with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks from December, in which he said “Revenge is certain” over the Trump-ordered killing of top Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani last year. Trump, who regularly plays golf, was not named in the picture. Twitter first took down that feed on Friday, saying it was fake. Around 15 hours after the tweet was posted, Twitter suspended the account, though a separate one that mainly tweets in English remains online.
The top Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul, earlier urged the Biden administration “to respond quickly and forcefully to this provocative threat against a former president” and called on Twitter to immediately and permanently suspend Khamenei’s account. An official close to Khamenei’s inner circle said “The aim was to remind the gambler (Trump) that leaving office does not mean he will be safe and the assassination of our martyr Soleimani will be forgotten.” “And now, American troops cannot protect him,” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters without elaborating.