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Trump’s threat to freeze Iraq’s US bank account over request to withdraw troops is pure mobster-style intimidation

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Let’s set the scene.

On January 5, the Iraqi parliament voted to approve a resolution calling for the removal of US troops. A day later, Donald Trump threatened to hit Iraqis with deadly economic sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if Baghdad tries to expel American troops without first “paying us back” for an “extraordinarily expensive air base” built there.

Days later, when Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham grotesquely suggested that Iraq should indeed "repay the American taxpayer" for the base — built after US forces laid waste to the country in an illegal invasion — Trump, in typical fashion, did not even try to cloak his threat in niceties, opting for unequivocal blackmail instead.

"We have a lot of their money right now. We have 35 billion dollars of their money right now sitting in an account — and I think they'll agree to pay. I think they'll agree to pay, otherwise we'll stay there.”

How embarrassing for Americans this guy is. A disgrace. He sounds like a mobster or an extortionist. #MAGA........

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