Earlier in the day, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, while leading Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, noted that the assassination of top IRGC General Qasem Soleimani revealed the “terrorist nature” of the US, and also observed that Trump is a “clown”.
US President Donald Trump responded in a series of tweets to Khamenei’s speech, claiming that the Iranian economy “is crashing, and their people are suffering”, while urging the top leader to “be very careful with his words!”.
The US president described the Iranian Supreme Leader as “not so Supreme”, characterizing the sections of Khamenei’s Friday speech that dealt with the US and Europe as “nasty things”.
In a possible move to enhance the effect of his own tweet, Trump tweeted again moments later, but this time in Farsi, urging the Iranian leadership to “Make Iran Great Again!”.
“The noble people of Iran—who love America—deserve a government that’s more interested in helping them achieve their dreams than killing them for demanding respect. Instead of leading Iran toward ruin, its leaders should abandon terror and Make Iran Great Again!”, Trump tweeted.
In his Friday speech, Khamenei described the Trump administration as “clowns”, slammed Israel, mourned Soleimani, and extolled the combat and human assets of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, and recalled revenge for the assassination in the form of a…