Selin ATAY-TDO- The Iranian President called US President Donald Trump "madman" in a speech at a cabinet meeting and likened Trump to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. "The day that madman was hanged was the day when the people celebrated the final victory, "President Hassan Rouhani said in his speech at the meeting. “Trump's fate will not be much better than Saddam's." he added.

The Iranian leader's provocative remarks came 4 weeks before Donald Trump potentially face civil and criminal legal actions by federal and state authorities as well as private complainants for actions during and before his one-term presidency.

On May 7, 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement, which included Iran and the P5+1 countries, and subsequently initiated a policy of "maximum pressure" targeted the Iranian economy. In addition to the strict economic sanctions imposed by the United States, the Iranian economy has suffered greatly due to the coronavirus pandemic and endemic corruption.

President Hassan Rouhani has described both Hussein, who waged an 8-year destructive war against Iran in the 1980s, and Trump as mentally unstable aggressors. At the end of the 8-year Iran-Iraq war, hundreds of thousands of people died, with Iran suffered more casualties.

"One of the madmen in our region was Saddam, who opened a war on our nation, and another madman was Trump, who imposed a new war on our people," the Iranian President said in comments that were broadcast on state television. “One imposed a military war on us, while the other imposed an economic war.” he added.

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