Ayatollah Khamenei Says Trump Is Proving Iran's Point

The Supreme Leader says Trump has revealed the 'real face of America'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Iran's Supreme Leader Says Trump Shows 'Real Face' of US
In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of the air force commanders in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he's glad President Trump has shown "the real face of America," Al Jazeera reports. According to CNN, the supreme leader of Iran noted the country's leaders had been trying for decades to prove the US government's corruption and Trump, who he referred to as "this new guy," managed to do it within days of taking office. Khamenei was making his first speech since Trump became president Tuesday in front of military officers in Tehran, the BBC reports.

Khamenei also brought up a 5-year-old Iranian boy who was handcuffed at an airport in the wake of Trump's immigration and refugee ban. He said photos of the boy in cuffs "show the true meaning of American human rights." He said America's stated positions on human rights "are no longer tenable." In the wake of a recent Iranian missile test, Trump tweeted at the country and issued new sanctions, but Khamenei said the president will be unable to scare Iranian citizens. (Read more Iran stories.)

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