According to a statement made by the US Navy on July 6, there have been zero incidents of harassment of US ships by the Iranian Navy in the Persian Gulf in 2018. This is presented as a positive dynamic when compared to previous years, particularly 2016, with 36 such occurrences, or about three incidents per month.
Iranian Harassment of U.S. Warships:— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8 июля 2018 г.
Of course, the Tweet immediately sparked a massive reaction, both from Trump supporters…
THE WORLD KNOWS TRUMP MEANS BUSINESS.— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) 8 июля 2018 г.
No more Obama apology tour.
Thank you for restoring our U.S. Military, and giving it back the dignity, respect and honor it deserves around the world!!! pic.twitter.com/OWSVWD7d9p— TheDeepStateExposed (@DeepStateExpose) 8 июля 2018 г.
…And from his opponents.
This doesn't have one thing to do with you.— Dontromp38 (@dontromp38) 8 июля 2018 г.
Many opponents brought in the immigration issue, even if screwing up statistics in the process.
Children in cages at the Mexican border— richard cahoon (@dickcahoon) 8 июля 2018 г.
Those less interested in mutual political bashing, attempted to make fun of it.
You realise he'll take credit for that, too?— Tom Green (@TomDGreen) 8 июля 2018 г.
Some noted that it's still too early to report statistics.
Man-child’s— UniteAlbertans3 (@UAlbertans3) 8 июля 2018 г.
lesson of the day… pic.twitter.com/nw3a749jSY
Others suggested an alternative strategy that could achieve the same result.
that's easy to do when you pull the Navy out of the region, Cpl Bone-spurs— Gus the Terror (@GusTheTerror) 8 июля 2018 г.
And some argued that there are more important issues to address.
Nobody cares. It’s the World Cup and it’s coming home. 🏴🏴🏴— Ian Cox (@iancox0701) 8 июля 2018 г.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump pledged to take a hard stance on Iranian Navy.
"With Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people, that they shouldn't be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water," he said.
In March, the US Navy publicly acknowledged the change in pattern of Iranian behavior.
"It seems like they've absolutely made a conscious decision to give us more space," Navy Cmdr. William Urban, spokesman for US Naval Forces Central Command, said according to the Daily Caller. "That is definitely a change in their behavior."
However, the positive dynamic is now in jeopardy, as Tehran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz and cut off oil trade through the Persian gulf entirely, in the event that the US attempts to disrupt Iranian oil exports.