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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.
President Trump has just signed an executive order to deny Iran's Supreme Leader and his associates access to key financial resources and support. pic.twitter.com/14qE9iUe61— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 24, 2019
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.
Trump just said he was sanctioning Ayatollah Khomeini... who died 30 years ago...— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) June 24, 2019
OMG. You can’t make this up. Trump says US is sanctioning Ayatollah Khomeini who died decades ago. He meant Khamenei, of course, but add this to the pile blunders! pic.twitter.com/uDIUrirYt5— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) June 24, 2019
I had to see why Ayatollah Khomeini was trending. Because, of course, I did. pic.twitter.com/NHKzIP91Zc— Vincent Frank (@VincentFrankNFL) June 24, 2019
Trump specifying that "the assets of Ayatollah Khomeini will not be spared from the sanctions" raises some serious questions about whether he even knows who the Supreme Leader of Iran is https://t.co/xzJLfNVys3— Kumars Salehi (@KumarsSalehi) June 24, 2019
Ayatollah Khomeini is trending because Trump is a moron. Helluva time to be alive. I look forward to the missile strikes against the Iron Sheik. He will retaliate with the Camel Clutch offensive.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) June 25, 2019
It's Monday and Trump is angry and says claims he is going to place sanctions on Ayatollah Khomeini, who has been dead since 1989.— pesach 'pace' lattin פֶּסַח (@pacelattin) June 24, 2019
I guess can't be too safe, right?
Me, an idiot: “You just sanctioned Ayatollah Khomeini? He died in 1989”— Bethany Black (@BeffernieBlack) June 25, 2019
Trump, a stable genius: “Good! That shows the sanction is working” https://t.co/POrXzjKmfd
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Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).