Iran issues response to Trump’s tweets about protests

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Saying Iran isn’t happy with President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is putting it lightly. Now, the country is even more infuriated with the U.S. leader for tweeting support to Iranian protesters, who are acting out against the corruption within their government.

The Hill reports:

“Iran’s government attacked President Trump on Saturday for tweeting his support for Iranian protesters, calling the president’s remarks “deceitful” in an official statement from the foreign ministry.

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted on state television as saying that “Iranian people give no credit to the deceitful and opportunist remarks of U.S. officials or Mr. Trump,” according to The Associated Press.

The statement comes hours after Trump tweeted his support for “peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption.”

“Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests,” Trump tweeted Friday night, mirroring a statement the White House also released Friday attributed to the press secretary.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Tehran and elsewhere in the country to protest the hardline Iranian regime. Photos and video from the protests show women removing their hijabs in protest.

Protesters in the country’s capital swarmed the streets Friday and Saturday chanting “death to Rouhani,” referring to Iran’s Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani, and “death to the dictator,” referring apparently to Ayatollah Khomenei.

Ayatollah Khomenei has controlled Iran since the 1970s, when an Islamic revolution overthrew the U.S.-backed monarch Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.”

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