Is Trump Hoping for another Ahmadinejad in Tehran?

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.

As Iranian emergency workers were racing to remove the rubble of the collapsed Plasco high-rise in Tehran, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

While Trump was being inaugurated in Washington, people and media in Iran were focused on the debris removal operation following the collapse of the 17-story Plasco building, and as such, paid perhaps less than expected attention to Barack Obama’s departure from the White House.

Ultra-conservative Kayhan newspaper wrote on Jan. 21, “The invitation of the leaders of the Zionist regime [Israel] to the inauguration ceremony of Trump raises the question as to what extent the [slogan] of the beginning of a different era in the US is real. Nobody knows which policy Trump will pursue after entering the White House and whether he will fulfill his promises.”

“However, it should be said that under Obama, many were expecting a different president and the wind of ‘change,’ but during the past eight years, there was no news of change and Obama had the same nature as previous US presidents,” argued Kayhan, referring to Iranian Reformists who believed that the issues plaguing the Iran-US relationship would have been resolved with Obama in the White House.

The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz on Jan. 21 described Trump as an “Old Yankee,” writing that he has “come to rescue his beloved America [too] late, unlike Hollywood movies. He also started his presidency in the White House while wearing a Chinese tie during his inauguration — despite his threats against China.”

Noting the continued issues surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), prominent foreign policy analyst Davoud Hermidas Bavand wrote in the Reformist Arman daily on Jan. 21, “It is unlikely that Trump will make any decision to revoke the [nuclear] deal. Despite the presence of people who have anti-Iran stances in Donald Trump’s Cabinet, as the defense secretary of the Trump administration said, ‘Although the JCPOA is not an appropriate agreement, the US is obliged to honor its commitments,’ … It is unlikely that Trump will cause trouble for himself over a solved issue, which is named the JCPOA.”

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