Trump: Iranians ‘finally acting’ against ‘brutal and corrupt’ regime


President Trump on Tuesday said the Iranian people are “finally” taking action against the country’s “brutal and corrupt” rule, again warning its leaders that “the U.S. is watching.”

“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!” 

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

In a New Year’s Day tweet, Trump said it is “time for change” in Iran, arguing the country’s “people have been repressed for many years.”

Iran’s supreme leader reportedly said on Tuesday that Tehran’s enemies are behind the protests.

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

State TV also reported on Tuesday that nine more demonstrators were killed overnight.

The protests began late last week over economic concerns, according to reports, but have moved toward anti-government demonstrations.

Trump warned Iran over the weekend that the United States is watching for potential human rights abuses.

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