1053 GMT October 25, 2020
Seyyed Abbas Mousavi made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday in a clear allusion to statements by US President Donald Trump on June 1st when he declared himself “your president of law and order” as peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas and flash bangs, Press TV wrote.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said, adding, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
As he made the remarks, crowds of American protesters gathered outside the White House gates while a large convoy of military vehicles was seen driving through the White House complex and onto Pennsylvania Avenue.
“How in the world does the US regime, being addicted to the infringement of international laws and norms, expects ordinary Americans to believe the call for ‘law and order’?! Mousavi tweeted.
Since entering the Oval Office in 2017, US President Trump has abandoned many international pacts and treaties that previous administrations had authorized.
In May 2018, Trump unilaterally abandoned the international nuclear deal signed between Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, and reinstated the anti-Iran sanctions, which had been lifted by the accord.
Just days after assuming office, Trump delivered on a campaign promise and signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries that took seven years to negotiate and was signed by then-president Barack Obama in his second term.
On June 1, 2017, Trump announced that he is pulling the US out of the landmark Paris Agreement that aims to combat climate change, asserting that US withdrawal “represents a reassertion of American sovereignty.”
Meanwhile, protests have been held across the US in response to the killing by a police officer of an unarmed African-American, George Floyd, who died after the officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.
His death reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African-Americans and unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the United States since Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination.