Donald Trump Sees War as Way to 'Solve Political Problems,' Says House Democrat After Iran Tweet

A House Democrat claimed Monday that President Donald Trump employed threats of war as a means to "solve political problems," following Trump's tweet blasting Iran's president.

Representative Jim Himes of Connecticut stated that Americans were years removed from the more devastating years of the Iraq War, and that Iran is a far more "powerful" country than Iraq "ever was," while also noting he did not believe the country was heading to war.

"We need to be sensitive to the fact that this president, who doesn't have a very sophisticated sense of international relations, regards a war as a way to solve political problems, and that's a scary thought," Himes told CNN.

"We need to be very sensitive to the fact that this President, who doesn't have a very sophisticated sense of international reltations, regards a war as a war to solve political problems, and that's a scary thought," says Rep. @JAHimes https://t.co/knxXo25qw3 pic.twitter.com/i06tw4PEbK

— New Day (@NewDay) July 23, 2018

"We've seen American involvement in Middle Eastern wars before—the problem is it was 10, nine, eight years ago," Himes continued. "So most people have forgotten what it is to open the newspaper every single day and to read four, or five, or six American names who were killed in a Middle Eastern war. And if Iraq was tough, wait till you try Iran."

Himes's comments came hours after Trump railed against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in reaction to similarly incendiary comments made by the Middle Eastern leader.

"To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" the president tweeted Sunday.

To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018

Rouhani had made a direct threat earlier on Sunday during a nationally televised speech, warning Trump "not to play with the lion's tail or else you will regret it."

"Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace, and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars," Rouhani added as the U.S. weighed new sanctions against Iran.

As a response to possible sanctions against Iran's economy after Trump pulled the United States out of its nuclear nonproliferation deal with Iran, Rouhani was reportedly considering shutting down the Strait of Hormuz. The waterway allows for 30 percent of maritime oil exports around the world each day, according to Al Jazeera, and blocking it could send gas and oil prices soaring.

Other U.S. presidents have been accused of using threats of war or bombings as a way to "wag the dog," or distract the public from ongoing scandals or negative stories surrounding their administration.

Trump is still dealing with blowback from his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The president has repeatedly declared the summit, which included a two-hour private meeting with Putin, a "great success," and criticized media coverage of him after he'd suggested he believed Putin's denials of election-meddling over the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies.