A senior Iranian military official lashed out on Thursday over the election of Donald Trump, calling the next American president a “joke” and warning him against threatening Iranian interests in the region.
Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, the Iranian Armed Forces’ chief of staff, warned Trump against “confronting” Iranian military assets in the Persian Gulf amid a series of incidents in the region in which Iranian-backed terrorists have attacked U.S. Navy vessels.
“The person who has recently achieved power, has talked off the top of his head!” Bagheri was quoted as saying in Iran’s state-controlled media. “Threatening Iran in the Persian Gulf is just a joke.”
Trump insisted during the campaign that he would take aggressive action against Iranian naval vessels that harass U.S. ships in the region.