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Mark Gongloff

Trump's Twitter War on Iran Is No Joke

We've gotten inured to this sort of thing, but the risks are high.

Trump, as candidate, slamming the Iran deal.

Trump, as candidate, slamming the Iran deal.

Photographer: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

In possibly the most 2018 thing ever, the President of the United States threatened Iran with war, and the Internet responded … with a bunch of hilarious jokes.

But we still live in a world where President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanging threats is serious business. Both men are responding to pressures at home by lashing out at each other, write Bloomberg’s editors, but both have more constructive ways to spend their time: “The escalation in threatening language is dangerous: A single Iranian speedboat captain, overreacting to his president’s tough talk, could spark a crisis on the Strait of Hormuz. But even if things don’t go that far, neither leader is likely to profit from these outbursts.”