Trump administration responds to Iran protests: “The world is watching”

Updated Dec 30, 2017 2:28 PM EST

The Trump administration is speaking out in support of Iranian citizens after protests challenging Iran’s government erupted in major cities.

The protests were sparked this week by anger over economic issues — prices of basic goods like eggs and poultry have surged. Thousands have since taken to the streets of several cities in Iran, and demonstrators have criticized Iran’s government during the protests.

Early Saturday, President Trump took to Twitter to slam what he described as the regime’s “corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.” He also said the Iranian government should respect the rights of citizens, including the right to express themselves.

“The world is watching!” he added.

The president later tweeted out his support for the people of Iran with videos of his speech at the United Nations summit earlier this year. 

The president’s initial statement was almost identical to one by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier.

People protest in Tehran, Iran, December 30, 2017, in…

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