White House Adviser: Iran Is ‘Central Banker’ For Terrorism
“U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has called Iran ‘the central banker of international terrorism’ as he laid out a wider strategy for countering Tehran in the Middle East. John Bolton told reporters on October 4 that the U.S. strategy toward Iran would use both military and nonmilitary means to push back on Iranian-backed militants, and their financial backers. Bolton made the announcement as part of the release of a new U.S. counterterrorism strategy, the first since 2011. ‘Radical Islamist terrorist groups represent the preeminent transnational terrorist threat to the United States and to the United States’ interests abroad,’ Bolton said according to a White House transcript. Iran, he said, had been ‘the world’s central banker of international terrorism since 1979.’” These statements follow previous statements by Bolton regarding U.S. positioning in Syria under the auspices of fighting ISIS is serving the necessary function of trying to limit Iranian political influence.