‘They screamed death to America with Obama but not with me!’ Trump claims he has Iran on the back foot unlike his predecessor
- President Trump called Iran a ‘real problem’ and the nuclear agreement it reached with six nations a ‘horrible deal’
- He told Fox News all Iranians do is ‘scream death to America’
- Then he compared himself to President Obama, saying ‘They were screaming it with him. They don’t scream it with me’
- Protesters burned pictures of Trump in Tehran after he announced he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
President Donald Trump bragged in a ‘Fox & Friends’ interview that under his presidency angry Iranian crowds are no longer yelling ‘Death to America.’
Trump made the statement as he once again took aim at the Iran deal that Tehran signed with the U.S. and five other nations, calling it a ‘horrible deal.’ He spoke a day after French President Emmanuel Macron told Congress France would not pull out of the agreement it had signed after long negotiations.
‘And all they do is scream death to America, death to America,’ Trump said, referencing street protests sometime egged on by Iranian revolutionary guards for maximum PR effect.
‘And by the way, they’re not screaming it so much anymore. They were screaming it with him. They don’t scream it with me.’
It was difficult to immediately assess Trump’s claim, but following his announcement this year that he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, there were angry demonstrations where protesters burned photographs of Trump.
Portraits of US President Donald Trump burn during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017 to denounce his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
In a February rally on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Feb. 11, 2018, protesters in Tehran held banners of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and one that said ‘Shut Up Trump.’
Trump brought up Iran when he got asked about the accomplishments achieved during his visit with Macron – who told Congress on Wednesday: ‘That’s why France will not leave the [Iran nuclear deal]. Because we signed it.’
Trump said of Macron: ‘Well, I think we really came to recognize the — you know, I can say it from my standpoint but he is viewing, I believe, Iran a lot differently than he did before he walked into the Oval Office and I think that’s important.’
‘He understands where I’m coming from with respect to Iran. Iran is a real problem for this country. The president made a horrible deal,’ Trump said, turning his fire on Obama.
‘When I say the president, I’m talking about past administration made a horrible deal giving $150 billion, giving $1.8 billion in cash — in actual cash carried out in barrels and in boxes from airplanes. It’s inconceivable — $1.8 billion.’
Iranian protesters set US an Israeli flags on fire during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017 to denounce US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Demonstrators hold banners of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu upside down along with a banner which reads ‘Shut Up Trump’ in Revolution Square on the 39th anniversary of Islamic Revolution on February 11, 2018 in Tehran, Iran
A young demonstrator holds a banner of Donald Trump and Barak Obama depicting them as dog and wolf in the Revolution Square on the 39th anniversary of Islamic Revolution on February 11, 2018 in Tehran, Iran
Iranian women hold an anti-US placard bearing an image of US President Barack Obama on November 4, 2014, during a demonstration outside the former US embassy in Tehran to mark the anniversary of its storming by student protesters that triggered a hostage crisis. Thousands of Iranians shouted ‘Death to America’ during the demonstration, 35 years after Islamist students stormed the embassy compound, holding 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days
Iranians burn a US flag outside the former US embassy in Tehran on November 4, 2015, during a demonstration marking the anniversary of its storming by student protesters that triggered a hostage crisis in 1979
He was referencing the $400 million in Iranian assets plus interest totaling $1.7 billion frozen by the U.S. since the 1970s following the Iranian revolution. A first delivery of $400 million in Euros and Swiss Francs was handed over to the Iranians when the deal was signed.
‘And all they do is scream death to America, death to America,’ Trump continued.. And by the way, they’re not screaming it so much anymore. They were screaming it with him. They don’t scream it with me.’
French President Emmanuel Macron said France would not withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal
‘They don’t scream it with me,’ Trump said of ‘death to America’ chants by Iranian demonstrators
He then brought up routine Iranian harassment of American vessels. ‘We haven’t seen their little boats circling our ships in the ocean lately because they know if they do circle the ships they’re not going to be there very longer,’ he said.
Macron in his comments also warned against any new Middle East wars – and said France would not pull out of the Iran deal that Trump has derided as the worst deal in history.
‘For Iran, our objective is clear,’ Macron said. ‘Iran shall never posses any nuclear weapon. Not now, not in 5 years, not in 10 years, ne-ver,’ stretching out the word for emphasis.
He said policy should ‘never lead us to war in the Middle East.’
‘We must ensure stability and respect sovereignty of the nations, including that one of Iran which represents a great civilization,’ he said, in reference to the Persian empire.
‘Let us not replicate past mistakes in the region,’ he said, noting that the U.S. urged nations to joint the Iran deal.
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