Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thanked President Trump in a public speech for revealing the “true face” of the United States.
A concise response to Trump’s comments will take place on February 10, which will “exhibit the stance the Iranian nation takes when threatened.” His comments stem from “putting Iran on notice” as Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn noted, and Iran is also one of the countries whose citizens Trump aimed to ban from entering the United States.
“We actually thank this new president [Trump]! We thank him, because he made it easier for us to reveal the real face of the United States” stated the Leader of the Revolution.
Iran will retaliate against the United States’s foreign policy
Khamenei delivered his speech with “supremely sarcastic mood,” as stated by the Washington Post. On Friday, the country will celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, and Khamenei rallied up audiences to join him in denouncing the United States on its corruption and recent threats.
By putting Iran “on notice,” Trump set himself apart from Obama’s policies and the recently signed nuclear deal that could serve as a pressure valve for Iran’s aspirations of expanding its influence. According to the Washington Post, Iran is now capable of hitting U.S. bases located in the Middle East with its latest missiles, which are also able to reach settlements located in the Mediterranean. Also, the country has influence over many allied militias and proxy armies fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, all with considerable armament.
“What we have been saying, for over thirty years, about political, economic, moral, and social corruption within the U.S. ruling establishment, he came out and exposed during the election campaigns and after the elections. Now, with everything he is doing—handcuffing a child as young as 5 at an airport—he is showing the reality of American human rights,” reads Khamenei’s speech transcription published on his official website, although the photo of the 5-year-old appears to have originated in Kentucky, when sheriff’s deputies proceeded to handcuff young students with learning disabilities, something that happened in 2015.
“Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” tweeted President Trump on Friday, something that was picked up by Khamenei as mockery. At first, Iran appeared to remain calm about Trump’s threats, but after Khamenei’s intervention, it seems that the Islamic Republic will be aiming toward a different objective in its international policy.
Even if Iran is against the Islamic State, the same militias that are fighting against the extremist group were the ones that fought against American troops ten years ago.
“We look at America as our first enemy, the source of all evil on the Earth. American interests in Iraq are within our sights and our fire range. If they act foolishly, their interests will be wiped out . . . and we can target their bases whenever we want,” stated Jaffar al-Hussaini on behalf of Kitaeb Hezbollah.