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Top Iran leader says President Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians

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Posted at 5:51 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 06:23:33-05

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader says President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people but will “push a poisonous dagger” into their backs.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei struck a defiant tone in his first Friday sermon in Tehran in eight years.

He said the mass funerals for Iran's top general, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials.

Khamenei said Iran's retaliatory missile strike against U.S. forces in Iraq had dealt a “blow to America's image” as a superpower.

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