Iraq to respond with "legal action" if Trump imposes sanctions

Iraq to respond with "legal action" if Trump imposes sanctions

Iraq will respond with "legal action" if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through with a threat to impose sanctions on the country, Iraqi lawmaker Anaam al-Khizaee said.

"My next response to the American violation of Iraq sovereignty will be by criminalizing the American troops" with legal action, al-Khizaee said in a post to Twitter. 

Responding to the vote, Trump threatened: “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.”

"It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame," CNN cited him as saying.

Trump said the costs of maintaining an American troop presence in the country over the past many years should be repaid by Iraq if the country chooses to rescind the agreement allowing them to stay.

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