President Donald Trump on Tuesday called former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro “totally control” of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which he said was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
“We’re not going to be able to solve the problems with Iran,” Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, referring to Iran’s nuclear program.
“It is totally controlled.
It is totally destroyed.
And they don’t give a damn about it, either.
They are totally controlled.”
Trump added that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the most hated man in the world.
“Ahmadinejad, the man that started the nuclear program, was a total monster.
He was a monster,” Trump declared.
“He had a great reputation for his power, for his ability to get rid of people.
And I’m talking about people like Ahmadineja.”
Trump, who has been a vocal critic of Iran’s president since the 1979 Islamic revolution, called Ahmadinejis role in the 9/11 attacks a “horrible crime.”
“Iranian President Ahmadine Jadid had a huge role in 9/12 and in the assassination of John F. Kennedy,” Trump stated.
“Now, I mean, that’s just terrible.
I mean he is a monster.
But he had a role in that, and he did have a big role in helping to bring about the Islamic Revolution, which brought down the Shah of Iran.
Now he’s gone.
So, he’s completely controlled.
He’s totally destroyed.”
Trump said the U.S. was “very close” to getting an agreement on Iran’s future, saying he believes the U,S.
will have “a deal with Iran” soon.
“This will happen soon, we’re very close to an agreement.
We’re getting closer,” Trump continued.
“I think we’ll get something done soon.
We’ve got to get something out of this thing.
And we’ll have a deal with Iranian.
And it’s very important.”
Trump was speaking about a meeting between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, which Trump described as “very positive.”
“I had the great honor of meeting with President Rouhani last week,” Trump told the audience.
“The meeting was very positive.
The meeting was positive.
We were very close.
We had a very good meeting.”
Trump then continued to condemn Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.N. sanctions-busting organization.
“The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has been very successful in its efforts to overthrow the government of the United Kingdom,” Trump claimed.
“And they have used many of the tactics of the Bush administration.
We are getting closer and closer to having a deal.
I think it’s going to happen soon.
I’m very hopeful about that.”
In a separate speech, Trump also criticized former President Jimmy Carter, saying Carter was a “failed president” who was “trying to do things to try to get the Iranian regime to agree to some of his agenda, and we don’t agree to that agenda.”
“President Carter was totally controlled by the Iranians,” Trump asserted.
“We had a deal made.
It was a terrible deal.
We have a great president, Jimmy Carter.
He did not do his job.
And he should have never gotten in office.”
Trump has repeatedly accused the U.,S., and its allies of seeking to overthrow Iran, and has expressed frustration with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his refusal to publicly denounce Iran’s activities.
“I know that Boris Johnson is a wonderful man, but I don’t like what he’s saying,” Trump concluded.
“So I guess that’s the way I look at it.
I just don’t think he’s a good guy.”
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