Iranians shrugged off the possibility that an exchange of words between Trump and Iran could escalate into military conflict. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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The White House Monday blamed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for inciting a war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump, who warned that verbal threats could escalate into military conflict with the United States. Trump, who campaigned on a promise to bring a more hawkish approach to Iran, sent an all-caps tweet early Monday warning of dire consequences for the longtime foe. The White House said Monday Trump's tweet shows he is not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran and insisted the U.S. leader isn't escalating tensions between the two countries.Citing harsh words the United States and North Korea had exchanged before the high-profile summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Leilaz said Trump and Kim got "closer" despite the warring words.Trump's tweet suggested he has little patience with the trading of hostile messages with Iran, using exceptionally strong language and writing the all-capitalized tweet.
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