WASHINGTON.-President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdelmahdi after hundreds of supporters and Shiite militia members assaulted the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, the White House said.
Trump, who remains in his mansion in Palm Beach (Florida), where he enjoys a few days off on the occasion of the holiday season, stressed the resigning prime minister and commander of the Iraqi Armed Forces the "need to protect US personnel and facilities in Iraq. "
In their conversation, both leaders talked about security issues in the Middle East region, the White House said in a statement.RELATED
This call was the only known official activity of Trump on this last day of the year, where he traveled this morning from his private club Mar-a-Lago to the Trump International Golf Club, where he usually occupies his rest mornings playing golf, Your favorite sport.
On his Twitter account, Trump said Friday that he had a very "good meeting about the Middle East, the Army and commerce" without specifying with whom.
In previous messages, Trump had accused Iran of "orchestrating" the assault on the Embassy, which took place less than 48 hours after the United States bombed positions of the Popular Crowd pro-government militias, which he accuses of receiving support from Tehran.
"Iran killed an American contractor, injuring many. We responded forcefully, and we always will," Trump added in reference to the incident that led the US to launch Sunday's attacks.
In his series of messages, Trump said he hoped that Iraq would use its "forces to protect" the embassy and warn Iran that they will "hold them fully responsible" for what happens in their diplomatic legation.
"For those millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and don't want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is their moment!" Trump said on Twitter.
The assault on the Embassy came two days after Washington attacked positions of Shiite militias in western Iraq in response to the death on the 27th of an American contractor due to the impact of projectiles at the K1 military base in Kirkuk, in Northern Iraq
Washington holds Shia militias responsible for this death and, in particular, Kata'ib Hezbollah (KH), which operates under the umbrella of the Popular Crowd.
Supporters and members of these armed groups went to the US Embassy Tuesday after participating in the funerals of the victims of the bombing on Sunday and managed to enter a part of the complex, which they burned completely.
Several hours after the assault began, Iraqi security forces deployed around the diplomatic headquarters.
Abdelmahdi, who unsuccessfully asked protesters to withdraw from the area, said in a statement that "any attack on embassies and diplomatic missions is going to be prevented and severely punished."
The US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, announced Tuesday the sending of "additional forces" to support the staff of the Embassy in Baghdad.
For its part, a spokesman for the State Department explained in a note that embassy personnel "are safe" and rejected that there has been "irruption" in the diplomatic legation.
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