In a speech on Saturday, the former Mayor of New York City and advisor to President Donald J. Trump called for regime change in Iran.
“I think it’s the only way to peace in the Middle East,” said newly-hired Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. “It’s more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal.”
Giuliani was speaking at the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OAIC), a group that promotes democracy in the Iran. The group supported the protests in the Islamic Republic that occurred late last year.
Once “sanctions [are back], we have a real chance of escalating these protests,” Guiliani continued.
While the OAIC may want the U.S. to “promote democracy” in Iran – which is neocon code for regime change – the Trump-supporting base wants the opposite. In fact, Trump ran for office on a demonstrably anti-war platform.
The State Department has distanced itself from Giuliani’s comments.
“[Giuliani] speaks for himself and not on behalf of the administration on foreign policy,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told AP.
Giuliani’s desire to become Secretary of State prevented him from taking the Attorney General job in the Trump administration, which would have changed the course of the Russia investigation since Giuliani would not have recused himself in the case like Jeff Sessions did.