Iran’s Rouhani Indirectly Rips Trump in UN Speech: ‘Xenophobic Tendencies Resembling a Nazi Disposition’
Iran President Rouhani at #UNGA: “It is unfortunate that we are witnessing rulers in the world ride public sentiments and gain popular support through the fomenting of extremist nationalism and racism and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition” #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/VpCPFAPnpk
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 25, 2018
During his UN speech today, President Donald Trump called out the Iranian regime in particular, saying, “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”
That came hours after Trump called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a “lovely man” in a tweet.
Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2018
Hours later, Rouhani delivered his own speech, firing back in pointed terms:
“It is unfortunate that we are witnessing rulers in the world who think they can secure their interests better, or at least in the short term ride public sentiments and gain popular support through the fomenting of extremist nationalism and racism and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition.”
He did not mention Trump by name there, but it was seen as an indirect swipe at the United States.
You can watch the clip above, via Bloomberg.
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