During the final day of the presidency of Donald Trump, the Islamic Republic placed symbolic sanctions on the president in addition to several others involved in his administration, both formerly and presently.
On the last full day of his presidency, US President Donald Trump was targeted by sanctions from the Islamic Republic, which are essentially symbolic in nature. Iran’s foreign ministry is accusing POTUS and many others of acts of terror, resulting in the confiscation of any assets they own in Iran and the freezing of their bank accounts in the Republic, if any. Additionally, they’re now prohibited from entering Iran.
Others listed with POTUS include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, CIA Director Gina Haspel, US Special Representative to Iran and Venezuela Elliot Abrams, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Chief Andrea Gacki.
Furthermore, former members of the Trump administration like National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has had a major falling-out with the president, were also targeted. Others include former US envoy for Iran Brian Hook and former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Such a move from Iran comes at a time when tensions are higher than ever between the two countries. Over the last four years, the Trump administration has carried out a strict ‘maximum-pressure campaign’ concerning Iran, leading to devastating economic sanctions. Ultimately, the conflict rose to a new level when the Trump administration withdrew from the highly-controversial 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal, in May of 2018.