(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Tuesday that the end game for Iran would be that its citizens are given basic human rights and that they stop being a state sponsor of terror.
“I mean, I think the ultimate end game would be that the citizens and the people of Iran are actually given basic human rights, and he'd certainly like to see them stop being a state sponsor of terror. I think that's something the whole world would like to see,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked what the president’s end game was regarding Iran.
When asked whether encouraging these demonstrators could be risking a backlash against them from the Iranian government, Sanders said, “No, and, you know, I think one of the big things -- and I think even Hillary Clinton outlined this when she said that the Obama administration was too restrained of the 2009 protests and said that won't happen again.
“And, for once, she's right and we agree with her, because President Trump is not going to sit by silently like President Obama did, and he certainly supports the Iranian people and wants to make that clear,” Sanders added.
“In recent days, we have watched widespread protests erupt in many Iranian cities. Years of mismanagement, corruption, and foreign adventurism have eroded the Iranian people's trust in their leaders,” the press secretary said.
“The Iranian regime spends its people's wealth on spreading militancy and terror abroad, rather than ensuring prosperity at home. Prices for everyday staples and fuel are rising, while the Revolutionary Guard spend the nation's wealth on foreign militant groups and enrich themselves in the process,” she said.
“The Iranian people are angry at the rising tide of corruption in their daily lives. The people are tired of paying the price for their violent and corrupt rulers. As a result, we are now seeing an organic, popular uprising organized by brave Iranian citizens on the largest scale since 2009, but the international community cannot sit silent as it did then,” Sanders said.
“The United States supports the Iranian people, and we call on the regime to respect its citizens' basic right to peacefully express their desire for change. America longs for the day when Iranians will take their rightful place alongside the free people of the world,” she added.
“As the president said in October, ‘We stand in total solidarity with the Iranian regime’s longest-suffering victims: its own people.’ The citizens of Iran have paid a heavy price for the violence and extremism of their leaders, and the Iranian people long to reclaim their country's proud history, its culture, its civilization, and its cooperation with its neighbors,” Sanders said.