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Trump drops the F-bomb on Iran

During a ‘radio rally’ with conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, US president says Tehran has been warned: Don’t ‘f*ck around with us’

US President Donald Trump gives thumbs up on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
US President Donald Trump gives thumbs up on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US President Donald Trump on Friday dropped an F-bomb on Iran.

The president, confined to the White House with COVID-19, on Friday held what his campaign billed as a “radio rally” as he dialed into the show of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for two hours.

During the interview, Trump used the expletive to highlight how his administration had deterred Iran from attacking US interests.

“Iran knows that they have been put on notice. If you fuck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going do things to you that have never been done before,” Trump said.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration blacklisted virtually all of Iran’s financial sector, dealing another blow to an economy that is already reeling under US sanctions.

The move comes as the US has stepped up efforts to kill the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from in 2018. Since then, Trump has steadily increased pressure on Iran by imposing sanctions on its oil sales, blacklisting top government officials and killing a top general in an airstrike.

As questions linger about his health, Trump began speaking directly to voters on the radio less than four weeks from Election Day, and he eyed a return to travel as soon as Monday. The president has not been seen in public — other than in White House-produced videos — since his return days ago from the military hospital where he received experimental treatments for the virus.

Holding court on his reelection battle, his fight against the coronavirus and revived negotiations with Democrats to pass an economic stimulus bill, Trump was making a direct appeal to his base of loyal supporters, whom he needs to turn out to the polls in droves. He was to follow that with a taped appearance for Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Friday evening.

While concerns about infection appeared to scuttle plans for next week’s presidential debate, Trump said he believes he’s no longer contagious.

“My voice is now perfect,” he told Limbaugh.

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