Trump made a bold threat to Iran on Twitter, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers was ready to address his “unhinged comments” during his Monday night show.
Taking a “Closer Look” at the recent controversies the president is facing, Meyers found Trump’s threat to Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani comical, implying that it was merely an attempt to direct the conversation elsewhere from his current backlash.
“Naturally Trump has decided the appropriate response is to threaten a war with Iran,” quipped Meyers, before reading the president’s lengthy warning directed at Rouhani.
In a tweet posted late Sunday night, Trump wrote: “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
“Wow. you can take the crazy old man out of Queens, but you can’t make him stop yelling at foreigners,” said Meyers, mocking Trump’s spontaneous warning against the country.
The late-night host also questioned the president’s usage of capitalized font, suggesting that it defeats his purpose of being a menacing figure.
“Also, you don’t get to say be cautious when you’re tweeting in all caps. That’s like a British person screaming at the top of their lungs, ‘Keep calm and carry on! We’re all going to die!” joked Meyers.
In response to Trump’s threat, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that he was “unimpressed” with the president’s words.
“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them albeit more civilized ones for 40 yrs,” Zarif wrote. “We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, including our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries.”
To further take a jab at Trump, Zarif then echoed the president’s concluding omen, writing, “BE CAUTIOUS!”
Trump’s threat to Iran arrives amid the president’s recent controversies, including backlash from his press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his immigration policy and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealing he taped their private phone conversations, which Trump has asserted is “perhaps illegal.”