When Obama was president, Iranian censors struggled to suppress all of his peaceful overtures and public addresses to Iran. Now, whenever Trump or even Sean Spicer is about to give a press conference, Iran state television goes live to Washington.
“Iran can say, ‘America really has a bad guy in charge. Look, he’s under investigation,’” a former US intelligence operations officer who was based for years in the Middle East and remains active in the region, said. “In the States, we just arrested some Hezbollah operatives affiliated with Imad Mugniyah’s old component. Nobody paid attention.”