Iran’s president calls Trump a political novice over travel ban

Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani.

(Reuters/ Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani dismissed his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump as a political novice on Wednesday, stepping up criticism of Washington’s temporary travel ban on Iranians and citizens of six other Muslim-majority countries

“Today is not time for separating people,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

Trump signed an order on Friday suspending the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. Admission of all refugees was halted for four months, and for Syrians indefinitely.

“He (Trump) is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It’s a totally new environment to him. It will take him a long time and will cost the United States a lot, until he learns what is happening in the world,” Rouhani added.

Iran has said it will take legal, political and reciprocal measures in response to Trump’s order.

The foreign ministry had suggested it would also ban Americans from entering Iran. A report by Iranian news network, Press TV, said Tuesday that the Islamic republic’s central bank was seeking to replace the use of U.S. dollars in financial reporting with another foreign currency or a basket of currencies.

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