Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei blasts Trump as a 'clown' as protests force him to lead Friday prayers

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Published on 17 Jan 2020, 13:41
Iran's Supreme Leader has blasted Trump as a “clown” who’ll “betray Iranians” after protests forced him to lead Friday prayers.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comments during a fiery sermon at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran.Aussie zookeepers had to relocate koalas to safety and fend off angry alligators after heavy rain

It was the first time the elderly despot has led Friday prayers since 2012, after being forced to show his face to call for unity after the downing of a plane by Iran sparked anti-government riots.

Thousands of people attended, occasionally interrupting his speech by chanting “God is greatest!” and “Death to America!”

Khamenei called the plane tragedy – which killed 176 people – a "bitter accident" that saddened Iran as much as it made its enemies happy.

He said the West had seized on the shootdown, carried out by nervous air defence troops who mistook the jet for a US missile, to question the Islamic Republic.

And he demanded a united front against the foreign enemies after Donald Trump’s recent tweets in support of anti-government demonstrators.

Khamenei said: “These American clowns who lie and say they are with the Iranian people should see who the Iranian people are.”

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