Iran foreign minister defends comparison of Trump to Nazi

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview that aired Sunday defended Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s appearing to compare President Trump to a Nazi. 

Zarif, while appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” pointed to Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the United States and his proposed wall along the Mexican border in defending the comparison.

{mosads}“The xenophobic tendencies that he has exhibited — the wall, the Muslim ban, ban on Iranians traveling to the United States. All of these are reminiscent of the type of mentality,” Zarif said. 

Rouhani said Tuesday that the U.S. is exuding a “Nazi disposition” under Trump.

“It is unfortunate. We are witnessing rulers in the world ride public sentiments and gain popular support through the fomenting of extremist nationalism and racism and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition, as well as through the trampling of global rules and undermining international institutions,” he said while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Rouhani did not reference Trump by name, but he did note the U.S. sanctions on Iran. He referred to them as “economic terrorism.” 

Trump in May announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Trump has since reimposed sanctions that were lifted as part of the agreement. 

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