Trump tweets message of support to Iranian protesters: ‘Your courage is inspiring’
President Trump tweeted a message in support of Iranian protesters in Farsi Saturday, as demonstrators took to the streets to speak out against the government following the country’s admission that it inadvertently shot down a Kyiv-bound commercial plane.
Protesters flooded the streets in Tehran Saturday chanting “death to liars” and “death to the dictator” in reference to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to The New York Times, as citizens mourned the loss of those killed in the crash.
“To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you,” Trump’s said.
We are following your protests closely,” he added. “Your courage is inspiring.”
About 20 minutes later, Trump tweeted again, this time in English.
“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” he said.
“There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a statement earlier in the day about the upheaval, tweeting: “The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC under @khamenei_ir’s kleptocracy.”