Senator Bernie Sanders has called on President Donald Trump to offer assistance to Iran after the country was hit Sunday by what’s become the deadliest earthquake of the year, Newsweek reports.
With casualties having reached at least 452 people dead and thousands more injured, Sanders on Monday appealed to the current U.S. administration to support Iran’s recovery efforts as former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama did in the past.
“The devastation from the earthquake in Iran last night is horrific. My thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the communities that must cope with this catastrophe,” Sanders tweeted.
“I hope and expect that the United States will assist in disaster relief efforts for Iran, as we did in 2003 and 2012. At a time of growing tension between our two countries, this would be an important act of friendship,” the senator added.
Sanders has been a vocal critic of Trump’s policies at home and abroad, including the Republican leader’s rejection of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The landmark deal, signed in 2015 by the U.S., Iran and other world powers unfroze billions of dollars worth of sanctioned Iranian assets in exchange for Tehran agreeing to severely curb its nuclear production, Newsweek adds.