“You don’t see the terror the way you used to see the terror,” Trump said.
The Trump administration has tried to reimpose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Trump told Limbaugh he would be able to renegotiate a deal blocking the country’s nuclear program within a year if he gets reelected.
Trump claimed during the show that Iran is “dying to have me lose.” A number of reports have revealed Iran, China and Russia are vying to influence the presidential election. Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, announced in August that China and Iran were working to undermine Trump’s reelection efforts, while Russia was continuing to bolster the president’s support.
Microsoft also disclosed last month that Russian and Iranian hackers were targeting hundreds of organizations and actors involved in the presidential race, including both Trump and Democrat Joe Biden’s campaigns. And the State Department warned in April that China, Russia and Iran were targeting the U.S. with disinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Russian interference has become a persistent pain point for Trump since his first election efforts in 2016. He has balked at the notion that Russia favored his election, and Trump and his allies have repeatedly tried to shift attention toward other malign actors, such as China and Iran.
Trump’s lengthy interview with Limbaugh comes as he reemerges in public appearances since being hospitalized for the coronavirus last weekend. Trump also had lively phone interviews with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday. He’s slated to have an on-air interview on Fox News Friday night.