Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s official twitter account posted on Thursday a photoshopped photo of US President Donald Trump showing slap marks across his face with a caption reading “just a slap, revenge is another matter.”
On the picture, Khamenei is also quoted from his speech following the Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq.
“They were slapped last night, but such military actions are not enough ... the corruptive presence of the US in the region of West Asia must be put an end to,” read the quote next to the photoshopped photo.
Khamenei's rhetoric follows similar comments made a day earlier when he described the attack against American military and coalition forces in Iraq were “a slap in the face” for the US.
Tensions have been on the rise since last Friday when the United States carried out an attack that killed the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, and Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani.
The latest post by Khamenei on his social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram – both restricted inside Iran – follow his other posts of photo illustrations showing Soleimani in an embrace with Imam Hussain and another showing the slain Iranian commander as he arrives in heaven.
Imam Hussain ibn Ali is one of the grandsons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
Although Twitter is blocked in Iran, Iranian users continue to access the website on virtual private networks.