Cleric slams Trump for calling Iranian nation ‘Terrorist’

Tasnim – Tehran’s Provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami condemned US President Donald Trump for calling Iran a terrorist nation, saying that Trump desperately tries to humiliate Iranians but the nation would humiliate him.

Addressing a congregation of worshiper here in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami denounced the US president’s remarks against the Islamic Republic as “insulting”, saying that Trump lacks any personality or identity.

“He wants to humiliate the great nation of Iran, while it is the Iranian nation who has humiliated the US in the world and will continue to do so,” the cleric noted.

Trump declared Tuesday he would not punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of US-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing.

He later told reporters “foolishly canceling these contracts (with Saudi Arabia)” worth billions of dollars would only benefit Russia and China, which would be next in line to supply the weapons.

Asked by a reporter if he was saying that human rights are too expensive to fight for, Trump said “No, I’m not saying that at all.” But then he switched the subject to the “terrorist nation” of Iran rather than any actions by Saudi Arabia.