On Sunday, Iran’s former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad sent an open letter to President Trump praising, as well as criticizing, his presidential decisions.
In the letter, published by Iranian media outlets, Ahmadinejad noted Trump won the election while he “truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt.” In an English version, he states:
“Your Excellency (Trump) has truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt and anti-public.”
In the ex-president’s lengthy note, he also emphasizes on the issue with Trump’s visa ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. He writes:
“The presence and constructive effort of the elite and scientists of different nations, including the million-plus population of my Iranian compatriots has had a major role in the development of the US… the contemporary US belongs to all nations.”
Many Iranian people see the President Trump as cut from the same cloth as President Ahmadinejad, who shocked the establishment with his sudden rise to power in 2005, “combining hard-line rhetoric and populist economic policies to win a powerful following among Iran’s lower classes.” So, in other words, the two share the same dictator-like personalities.
With a 3,500 word letter to Trump, one might think that Ahmadinejad would shine some light on Iran’s nuclear program. Instead, Ahmadinejad offered Donald Trump his own warning about how quickly time passes for leaders (dictators).
“Four years is a long period, but it ends quickly,” he wrote. “The opportunity needs to be valued, and all its moments need to be used in the best way.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how Trump reacts to the letter because the Iranian president is indeed praising him and #45 thrives on approval from others. Maybe the two dictators will get along after-all–which would be truly unsettling and sad for our nation.
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