President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal 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!”
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
Trump and other administration officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyHarris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race Allies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Trump schedules rallies in Iowa, Georgia MORE, have voiced support for peaceful protesters demonstrating against the Iranian government.
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."