Trump vows sanctions against Iraqi allies and heightens rhetoric against Iran

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(Bloomberg) – President Donald Trump warned Iran of severe US retaliation and could face severe sanctions against Iraq if American troops are forced to leave unless the country pays billions in military base construction costs.

Trump spoke to reporters on board the Air Force late Sunday, saying it was the worst decision the United States had ever made to travel to the Middle East. The United States would have spent billions of dollars building a military base in the country.

"We have an extremely expensive air base. The construction cost billions of dollars. Long before my time. We won't leave unless they pay us back for it," Trump told reporters when they flew back from Florida they ask us to leave, and if we don't do it very nicely, we will impose sanctions on them like they have never seen before. As a result, the Iranian sanctions are somewhat tame. "

Trump's comments exacerbate tensions on a day when Iraqi lawmakers decided to continue removing foreign troops from the nation – the latest fallout from the United States when Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was killed last week.

Trump also doubled his threats against Iran, saying he would still be willing to hit cultural sites among 52 targets if Iran took revenge on Soleimani's death by attacking an American or US facility.

"You can kill our people. You can torture and maim our people. You can use street bombs and blow up our people. And we mustn't touch their cultural sites? That's not how it works," Trump said. "If they do anything." , there will be great retaliation. "

Trump also spoke briefly about North Korea and predicted Chairman Kim Jong Un: "I don't think he would break his word for me, but maybe he will."

Contact the reporter about this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Steve Geimann

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