Trump Sides With Iranian People: 'You Will See Great Support From the United States'

By Susan Jones | January 3, 2018 | 9:23 AM EST

(Photo: Office of the Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei)

( - In recent tweets, President Trump has called for "change" in Iran and demanded freedom for "the great Iranian people."

On Wednesday morning, he doubled down on that theme, tweeting: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!"

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the United Nations "must speak out."

"In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” Haley told a news conference in New York.

“We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause. The intelligence community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009. We must not make that mistake again.”

Haley said it takes great bravery for the Iranian people to use the power of their voice against their oppressive government. And because the Iranian regime is trying to silence its people by shutting down social media, Haley read some of the messages that the protesters are chanting in Iran's streets, to help them spread the word.

Frank Gaffney, the president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, suggested on Wednesday that President Trump could help the Iranian people by exposing the corruption of the ruling elite.

In a news release, Gaffney wrote:

The ongoing and proliferating anti-regime demonstrations in Iran reflect the fact that many in that country, especially among its sizeable majority of young people, have had it with the mullahs."

They find particularly infuriating the fact that the so-called Supreme Leader and his cronies have become fabulously wealthy while millions of ordinary Iranians are facing severe privation."  

Consequently, the Trump administration could help fan the flame of internal opposition to the mullahocracy by disseminating what it knows about the offshore bank accounts, investments, and money-laundering operations the Iranian ruling elites use to stash and enlarge their ill-gotten assets.

Gaffney called it incredible that the Justice Department reportedly is claiming that it cannot release such data.

"If new statutory authority is needed, Congress should promptly provide it," Gaffney said. "It’s time to name and shame those Iranians who threaten their own people and ours, alike."

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