Noah noted that on New Year’s Eve, Trump said his dream was for peace in the Middle East, but two days later he ordered a military air strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. “When most people break their resolutions they eat ice cream instead of working out,” Noah cracked. “This guy rained down fire on these motherfuckers. He ate ice cream while doing it!” (Trump was indeed reportedly eating ice cream and meatloaf when the news broke.)
Soleimani’s assassination immediately kicked off some back-and-forth brinksmanship between Iran and Trump, with the latter even vowing to target significant Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliated (an ostensible war crime).
According to Noah, the reason for all the chaos and confusion that’s followed is because Trump’s decision to take out a beloved military figure was not well thought-out. After Trump saw protests at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and blamed Iran, his generals presented him with a list of possible retaliations and were reportedly shocked when he chose the most extreme one — killing Soleimani.
“They were shocked when he chose the most extreme?” Noah quipped. “Get the fuck out of here! Have you seen Trump’s apartment? What part of his life makes you think he’s ever going to pick middle-of-the-road options… Donald Trump will always pick the most extreme option on a menu, whether it’s a military strike or KFC!”