President Donald Trump raised the stakes with Iran again this morning by dashing off a tweet.

‘Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!’ he wrote.

The tweet comes a day after the new president dramatically raised the possibility of military action against Iran over its missiles test on Thursday saying ‘nothing is off the table’ amid news that a new round of sanctions could be coming in less than a day.

Trump used the phrase when asked directly if military action was possible, and after a series of angry tweets about how the Islamic republic tested a ballistic missile – something the nuclear bargain it struck with Barack Obama explicitly forbids.

The president was speaking in the Roosevelt Room of the White House as he met executives from Harley-Davidson, the storied motorcycle manufacturer, and after Tehran had called his threats ‘useless’ and described him as ‘an inexperienced person.’

Hours later Reuters reported that that the U.S. is expected to impose sanctions on about eight different Iranian entities as early as Friday.

A White House official was unable to confirm to that sanctions were on the way.

But a Reuters source said some sanctions would be seen as a response to terrorism-related activities and others would fall under separate existing U.S. executive orders.

That would sidestep the sanctions-relieving terms of Obama’s agreement with Tehran.

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February 3, 2017

Donald Trump Threatens Iran again

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 […]