Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei trolled US President Donald Trump by posing for a photograph reading a Persian translation of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Khamenei then had the photograph posted on his Instagram page.
Khamenei picked up the book while on a tour of a Tehran book fair on Friday.
The post had garnered nearly 126,000 likes by Saturday evening.
Michael Wolff’s book, published in January, has been a runaway bestseller and infuriated Trump. The president sought to block its publication.
Trump tweeted when it was released that the instant bestseller — which paints him as disengaged, ill-informed, and unstable, with signs of serious memory loss — was a “Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author.”
I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
Trump has also described the book as “a work of fiction.”
Wolff defended his scathing portrayal of the US president and said “one hundred percent” of those around him questioned his fitness for office.
Khamenei posted the image days after Trump quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Khamenei has warned that Tehran will also withdraw from the accord, which was designed to rein in Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program, unless European signatories offer solid guarantees that trade relations will continue after the US withdrawal, and slammed Trump over the move.
In comments on Wednesday, Khamenei derided the US president, saying, “You cannot do a damn thing!”
Khamenei described Trump’s speech Tuesday night, announcing the US was quitting the deal, as having “over 10 lies,” without elaborating. He also said Trump’s remarks, which he described as “silly and superficial,” threatened Iran’s people and its government.