Farrakhan denies leading anti-American chants
Insists he only said ‘death to’ in Farsi language
He said “death to,” and the Iranian audience responded with “America” and “Israel,” but Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan insists he never led chants of “death to America.”
Mr. Farrakhan described as “wrong and shameful” international media reports that he led anti-American and anti-Israel chants last weekend during his ongoing solidarity tour of Iran, which was timed to the reimposing of U.S. economic sanctions.
“I never led a chant that called for the death of America or Israel, contrary to misreporting in U.S., British and Jewish publications and the intentional, malicious and false reinterpretation of my words,” Mr. Farrakhan said in a statement posted Thursday.
The first “death to America” news dispatch came from Iranian state television, part of a Tehran media blitz showcasing Mr. Farrakhan’s takedowns of U.S. foreign policy as the Trump administration moves to leave the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by President Obama.
Mr. Farrakhan drew more headlines Thursday by comparing President Trump to Satan and warning him not