Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday fired back at President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE, saying that "perhaps we're also responsible for the California fires" after Trump earlier in the day attacked Iran in a statement reaffirming his support for Saudi Arabia.
In a tweet, Zarif also called Trump's statement on Saudi Arabia "shameful." In the statement, the president referred to Iran as “the world’s leading sponsor of terror."
"Mr. Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of," he wrote. "Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests— just like the Finns do?"
Mr. Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of. Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests— just like the Finns do?— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 20, 2018
Trump issued a statement Tuesday saying that the United States would continue its "steadfast" relationship with the Saudi kingdom despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.
Trump used the first paragraph of the statement to go after Iran, saying that the country is responsible for the Yemen civil war and accusing the nation of attempting to destabilize Iraq. He also criticized Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad in his own civil war.
"Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East. Iran states openly, and with great force, 'Death to America!' and 'Death to Israel!' Iran is considered 'the world’s leading sponsor of terror,' " Trump added. "On the other hand, Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave."