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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with a group of the air force commanders in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday that "newcomer" President Donald Trump had shown the "real face" of the United States, after the American leader accused Iran of being ungrateful for sanctions relief approved by the Obama administration and vowed a tougher stance. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's supreme leader said Trump 'showed the real face of America' with his threats


Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke publicly Tuesday to condemn President Trump's fiery rhetoric toward the Middle Eastern nation.

Khamenei rarely speaks publicly. Iran's recent tests of a ballistic missile have drawn Trump's ire and new sanctions, and Trump has threatened he will not be as "kind" with Iran as former President Barack Obama was.  

Khamenei, in response, thanked Trump, who "showed the real face of America."

Trump called Iran "#1 in terror," without evidence, on Twitter Tuesday. 

Trump said Iran didn't "appreciate" Obama's policies.

We should be thankful because he brought war and bloodshed to Syria and Iraq...that's what we should be thankful of?
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Khamenei attacked Trump's tweets, saying instead of being thankful for Obama's policies, he was thankful for Trump's honesty.

"We will show on the anniversary of our revolution how we respond to his threats," Khamenei said. "No enemy can paralyze Iran."

Here's a look at the crowd Khamenei drew.

Khamenei also referenced Artiman Jalali, a five-year-old boy who was detained at Washington's Dulles International Airport during Trump's travel ban, NBC News reports

Trump has "shown his human rights by handcuffing a five-year-old child," he said.

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