The sanctions come after Iran’s ballistic missile test and a Houthi attack on a Saudi warship.
Following aggressive actions from Iran and Tehran-backed extremists, the Trump administration hit 13 individuals and 12 companies with sanctions on Friday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump administration imposes sanctions on 13 people and 12 companies in response to Iranian ballistic missile test.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 3, 2017
Over the weekend, Iran launched a ballistic missile test and Iran-supported Houthi rebels launched a suicide attack on a Saudi warship near Yemen.
Congressional Republicans quickly lined up behind behind President Trump’s move, with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker releasing statements of support.
According to CNN, “The Treasury Department said it was sanctioning individuals and companies connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program and those providing support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force.”
Early Friday morning, Trump tweeted a warning to Iran, saying the Islamic Republic was “playing with fire.”
Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
On Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senators authored a letter to Trump requesting the imposition of more sanctions. Signatures included Republicans such as Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Democrats like Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
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