United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the Iranian government is “being tested by its own citizens” as thousands in Iran take to the streets to protest.
“In the New Year, our hopes and prayers are with the millions of people who are suffering terribly from oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially in Iran, where the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice,” Haley said in a statement.
“We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day,” she added.
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) December 31, 2017
As previously reported, protesters have taken to the streets throughout the country for each of the last four days to protest economic hardships and rampant government corruption.
In a rare show of solidarity, President Trump received rare praise from Democrats in his stand with the Iranian protesters, reports The Hill.
The Trump administration has taken a strong stance supporting peaceful demonstrators protesting against the government in Tehran, with Trump tweeting about it multiple times and Vice President Pence and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also voicing support.
His position has bipartisan appeal, with Democrats including Trump’s former presidential opponent Hillary Clinton making similar statements over the last few days in support of the protesters.
“The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism,” Trump said early Sunday. “Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”
The president’s supporters are marketing Trump’s approach to Iran as a stark contrast from the Obama administration, which Trump has repeatedly criticized for being too soft on Tehran.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is considered a prominent voice within the GOP on national security and foreign policy, pointed to Trump’s support of Iranian protesters as evidence that Trump has “made good foreign policy choices.”
“He is now on the side of the Iranian people,” Graham told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” but went on to urge Trump to do more.
“But he has to do more than watch. He actually has to act. And if I were him I would withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran next year if it’s not made better by the Congress and our European allies,” he said.
Graham said Trump’s approach to Iran should be “the exact opposite” of former President Obama’s, arguing the Obama administration incorrectly prioritized reaching the nuclear agreement with Iran.
“Obama said, ‘I don’t want to get involved, I don’t want to mess up the chance of getting a deal with Iran,’ ” Graham said. “Well, the deal with Iran hasn’t worked. The money didn’t go to benefit the people, it went to benefit [Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and his henchmen.”
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December 31st, 2017
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