Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, made a rare speech on Tuesday and used the opportunity to discuss Donald Trump. Khamenei dismissed Donald Trump’s threat over missile tests. He also stated that he believed that Donald Trump and his behavior “showed the real face of America.”
Khamenei made the speech to military commanders and told them that there were no enemies that could paralyze Iran. Khamenei also encouraged the citizens of Iran to share their feelings about Donald Trump on Friday, which is the anniversary of the revolution that unseated the U.S.-backed shah, reports Al Jazeera.
Khamenei told his military leaders that Donald Trump should be afraid of him. He added that the Iranian people would respond to Trump’s statements on the anniversary of the revolution. He added that they would take to the streets to show what stand they will take if threatened. The revolution is marked on February 10.
Last week the White House reacted to recent missile tests by imposing new sanctions on Iranians and entities. Donald Trump’s controversial immigrant travel ban also banned citizens of Iran from entering the U.S.
In a Twitter rant, Donald Trump put Iran “on notice” by penning that Tehran is “playing with fire.” He added that Iran did not appreciate how kind President Obama had been, but that he had no plans to be kind, reports The New York Times.
Khamenei responded to Trump’s tweet. He sarcastically stated that Donald Trump thinks that they should be grateful to Obama, who he says brought bloodshed and war to Syria as well as Iraq. He asked his military leaders what he should be thankful for.
Khamenei went on to thank Donald Trump for making Iran’s life easier by showing the real face of America. He added that Donald Trump has confirmed what he has known for 30 years about the economic, moral, political and social corruption that runs rampant in the United States ruling system. He also used the opportunity to poke fun at Trump’s travel ban by stating that he shows his human rights ideal by placing a 5-year-old child in handcuffs, reports NBC News. Khamenei’s recent comments are just part of the escalating verbal war between the White House and Tehran.
Ali Akbar Velavati, one of Khamenei’s top aides, vowed that Iran would continue testing ballistic missiles and he called Trump and his administration “inexperienced.” He warned Donald Trump that he should be very careful about threatening Iran.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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