Iranian Aytatollah Releases Animation Showing Drone Strike Hitting, Killing Donald Trump
The official website of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published an animated video on Wednesday that depicted the assassination of former President Donald Trump .
The video shows what appears to be the former president playing golf at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, with his former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo , and a few other people. The video then depicts Iran using a four-wheeled robot and a drone to survey Trump and Pompeo as they play.
It then shifts to a shot of what appears to be a drone operator, who sends a text message in Arabic. A message pops up on screen in English warning that "Soleimani's murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price."
It is revealed that this same message was sent to a number of Trump's associates that were playing golf with him, as well as Trump himself. An overhead drone shot then appears to target the former president, and it is implied that the drone operator fires a rocket towards Trump.
As the firing sequence appears to start, the screen cuts to black, and the message "Revenge Is Definite" is displayed in English and Arabic.
The video was published by Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, to mark the second anniversary of the death of Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani, a high-ranking Iranian general, was assassinated on January 3, 2020 by an American drone strike on Trump's orders. Soleimani was the leader of the Iranian military's Quds Force, a clandestine special operations group reportedly responsible for the deaths of thousands throughout the Middle East.
In the aftermath of the assassination, Iranian officials condemned the United States and called for the U.S. to pay for its actions. A number of Iranian officials backed up this sentiment, including the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, who stated that Trump should be "prosecuted and killed."
This is also not the first time that the Iranian government has released this type of threatening video. Many of these threats came during the former president's administration, but have also popped up during the administration of President Joe Biden .
One of these videos, released last year in May, was a chilling animation depicting the U.S. Capitol building being blown up, as well as an armed invasion of the city of Jerusalem.
In January 2021, just days after he left office, Iranian officials published a picture that showed former President Trump playing golf under the darkened shadow of a drone bomber. The picture was accompanied by a similar message: "Revenge Is Inevitable."
Soleimani's daughter reportedly also described Trump as "defeated, isolated and broken" after he left office, according to Iranian news agency Tasnim.
Iran's former foreign minister, Javad Zarif, also stated on the last day of his presidency that Trump's administration was "relegated to the dustbin of history in disgrace."
The U.S. and Iran do not have formal diplomatic relations. Newsweek has reached out to the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran—a de facto consulate that runs as part of the Embassy of Pakistan—for comment.