Jun 24, 2019

Trump targets Iran's supreme leader with new sanctions

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Photo: Iranian Leader's Press Office - Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

President Trump on Monday announced that the U.S. would impose a new set of sanctions targeting top officials in the Iranian government and their access to the international financial system, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country. ... I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon."

The big picture: Escalating tensions with Iran in recent weeks led Trump to sign off and then cancel a military strike on Thursday evening, calling it a disproportionate response to Iran's downing of an unmanned U.S. drone. The new sanctions are yet another addendum to the "maximum pressure" campaign that the Trump administration has undertaken in the wake of the president's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Monday that the U.S. will impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later this week.
  • Mnuchin also said that he could not comment on whether military action against Iran is off the table.

Go deeper: Timeline: How Trump and Tehran came to the brink of war

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a briefing early Friday he told police to evacuate the building because "there were imminent threats both to officers and public." "The symbolism of a building cannot outweighs the importance of life," he said.

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Twitter: Trump's Minnesota tweet violated rules on violence

Twitter said Friday morning that a tweet from President Trump in which he threatened shooting in response to civil unrest in Minneapolis violated the company's rules. The company said it was leaving the tweet up in the public interest.

Why it matters: The move exacerbates tensions between Twitter and Trump over the company's authority to label or limit his speech and, conversely, the president's authority to dictate rules for a private company.