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Lebanon's Hezbollah chief says nuclear button in hands of 'crazy fool' Trump

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (2nd R), escorted by his bodyguards, greets his supporters at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Sharif Karim/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that recent events in the United States would have global repercussions and prayed that God protect the world until Jan. 20 when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

“The nuclear button is in the hands of a crazy fool called Trump,” the leader of the Iran-backed organization said in a televised address.

“God protect the world from what he can do.”

Nasrallah said the storming of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Wednesday, following a rally at which Trump spoke, showed the president was ready to kill his own citizens to maintain power. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman shot by police, died in the riots at the Capitol.

“It is a small example of what Trump has committed in his four years in several other countries,” Nasrallah said.

There have been increasing tensions between the United States and Iran in the last days of Trump’s administration, which coincided with the anniversary of the U.S. killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Reporting by Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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