Trump on Iran

President Trump on Tuesday said the Iranian people are “finally” taking action against the country’s “brutal and corrupt” rulers, and reiterated his warning to Tehran that “the U.S. is watching” its response to protests.

“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump said on Twitter.

“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!”

The Trump administration has publicly said it supports peaceful protesters demonstrating against the Iranian government.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, meanwhile, is placing the blame for the recent protests across the country on Tehran’s “enemies.”

“In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said, according to Reuters.

All the while, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday called for the international organization to hold multiple emergency sessions as protests continued in Iran for the sixth day.

“The U.N. must speak out,” Haley said at a press conference. “In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”

Haley also hailed Trump’s response as a contrast to the international community’s handling of 2009 protests and said the world must respond better this time.

At the moment, we don’t know where this is going.

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