President Donald Trump pledged future support to domestic protesters within the Islamic Republic of Iran in a Wednesday tweet.
Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
The president’s tweet did not clarify the level or type of support the U.S. would provide to protesters, but it moves him a step closer to actively working to topple the regime in Tehran. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of calling for all out regime change in Iran Tuesday saying “the ultimate end game would be that the citizens and the people of Iran are actually given basic human rights, and he’d certainly like to see them stop being a state sponsor of terror. I think that’s something the whole world would like to see.”
Protests have rocked Iran for several days amid frustrations with the skyrocketing price of food and economic depression. Some protestors have chanted slogans calling for the removal of the Ayatollah Khamenei. Several protestors have been killed or jailed in recent days and the regime has blocked access to social media across the country.
Trump’s previous tweets on Iran praised economic protestors and declared repeatedly “the world is watching.”
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018