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Trump: Iranian protesters will get 'great support' from US 'at the appropriate time'

Trump: Iranian protesters will get 'great support' from US 'at the appropriate time'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report MORE on Wednesday expressed his “respect” for the Iranians participating in protests throughout the country, adding that the U.S. will provide “great support” to them “at the appropriate time.” 

“Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government,” Trump said. “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

Trump and other administration officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyStalled talks with North Korea indicate larger unravelling of progress Overnight Defense: Pentagon's No. 3 resigns | Pompeo presses Beijing on South China Sea | North Korea 'wasn't ready' for talks, Haley says Haley: North Korea postponed talks with US because 'they weren't ready' MORE, have voiced support for peaceful protesters demonstrating against the Iranian government.

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Trump has warned Iran that the U.S. is monitoring for potential human rights violations as demonstrations continue.

Protests began last week over economic concerns, reports say, but have shifted to anti-government demonstrations focused on the clerical regime.

The State Department on Tuesday reportedly urged the Iranian government to end its blocking of social media platforms.

At least 20 individuals have died since the protests began last week, according to The Washington Post.

Trump has said it's "time for change" in Iran and has praised the protesters for "acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime."