I swear that Trump learned about diplomacy from watching the TV show “24.”
Everything to him is a hostage negotiation.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The Trump administration this week warned Iraq that it could lose access to its central bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York if Baghdad expels American troops from the region, Iraqi officials told The Wall Street Journal.
The State Department’s warning follows the U.S. airstrike that killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander and the face of the Islamic Republic’s interventions across the Middle East.
The strike led to Iraq’s parliament voting to force out American troops — a move some officials argued would hurt Iraq — and a counterstrike by Iran on two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq last week.
Shutting down Iraq’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York could be detrimental to its financial system. The country puts its revenue from oil sales there, and takes out that money to pay government salaries and contracts.
The Fed held almost $3 billion in overnight deposits at the close of 2018, according to the most recent financial statement from the Central Bank of Iraq.
Apparently this is being represented as part of the sanctions that Trump wants to impose on Iraq for exercising their sovereignty.
We supposedly liberated this country from an evil dictator only to hold its money hostage for refusing to be part of a proxy war between America and Iran?
Well that’s fucked up.