Trump cites long-dead ayatollah while announcing Iran sanction

President Donald Trump said the name of a long-dead Iranian ayatollah when announcing a new round of sanctions against the country on Monday.

Trump, speaking in the Oval Office, said the assets of “Ayatollah Khomeini” would not “be spared from the sanctions.” However, Khomeini died in 1989.

He was succeeded by Iran’s current leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

“Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign 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. The assets of Ayatollah Khomeini and his office will not be spared from the sanctions,” Trump said.

The White House’s transcript lists Trump as saying the correct name.

Iran, according to the Associated Press, called the sanctions “outrageous and idiotic.” The sanctions come after a U.S. drone was shot down last week by Iran.

Trump’s ayatollah mistake was given the frisking it deserves on Twitter.


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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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