Iran’s President Says WH Is ‘Afflicted By Mental Retardation’ After Trump Signs New Iranian Sanctions

On Monday, President Trump enacted sweeping sanctions against Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni and other top officials amid rising tensions between the two countries.

Reuters reports the sanctions were “dramatic” and “unprecedented” and come as the result of Iran downing a U.S. unmanned drone in international airspace.

“With tensions running high between the two countries, Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said would lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets,” Reuters reports.

Adding, “Trump told reporters the sanctions were in part a response to last week’s downing of a U.S. drone by Iran, but would have happened anyway. He said Khamenei was ultimately responsible for what Trump called “the hostile conduct of the regime” in the Middle East.”

According to the report, President Trump said his actions “will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”

Responding to the sanctions, Reuters reports Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Trump and his advisors “despise diplomacy and thirst for war.”

USA Today reports Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani mocked Trump amid the sanctions and said he is “afflicted by mental retardation.”

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And, from the report:

The sanctions came as a response to the downing of a U.S. drone last week by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The U.S. claims that the drone was shot down over international waters, whereas Iran insists that the drone was violating Iranian airspace.

Trump said that he considered retaliatory air strikes against Iran, but decided not to move forward when he learned that as many as 150 people would be killed, something he thought would not be a “proportionate” response to the loss of a drone.


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