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 TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine 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) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months 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."