TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A senior Iranian cleric warned US president-elect Donald Trump not to repeat previous mistakes made by American leaders or else he would face the same predicaments as they did.

“If you (Donald Trump) want to pursue the same crazy approach, you will suffer the same fate as former US presidents,” Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami said in an address to worshippers in Tehran on Friday.

He also cautioned Trump against any measure against the Islamic Republic, stressing that Iranians have always shown resistance in face of arrogant and bullying powers’ threats.

Ayatollah Khatami further expressed the hope that Trump will come to his senses and avoid creating more tensions in the world as he has pledged in his speech after winning the US election.

Elsewhere, the senior Iranian cleric noted that the Islamic Republic has always respected voters and their choices around the world, and criticized the US, which portrays itself as the champion of democracy, for not recognizing Bashar al-Assad, who secured 70 percent of the votes in the June 2014 elections, as the legitimate president of Syria.

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House on Tuesday, ending eight years of Democratic rule.