An Iranian national was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, when authorities received calls regarding suspicious behavior at a bridge not far away from President Trump’s “winter White House” of Mar-a-Lago.
In an alarming development, the man was found in possession of knives, an axe, a machete, and $22,000 in cash.
In spite of possessing a lump sum of money greater than many Americans’ life savings, reports indicate that Masoud Zoleh is homeless. Authorities identified him as a citizen of Iran from his passport. There are currently travel restrictions on Iranian nationals as a result of President Trump’s 2017 executive order travel ban, but reports indicate Zoleh is in the country legally.
How a homeless person is in possession of $22,000 is more unclear, as is his presence in Palm Beach, and his possession of the various weapons. He also has a car parked at the Palm Beach Airport.
The bridge at Bradley Park where Zoleh was detained is merely a 12-minute drive from Mar-a-Lago, and the area receives a buffed law enforcement presence when the President is nearby.
A speaker at the funeral of assassinated Iranian General Qassim Soleimani offered a whopping bounty of $80 million on the life of President Trump, in response to the killing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps general.
It’s doubtful the Iranian government intends to actually offer such a dramatic “bounty” on the life of a foreign leader, but it’s not impossible that some disturbed individuals will intend to collect it. “Comedian” George Lopez claimed he’d assassinate Trump for “half” of the bounty in an Instagram comment.
Federal authorities are apparently investigating Zoleh at this time.
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