Iranian President: Trump Wrong to Sympathize With Iranians After Saying They Live in a ‘Terrorist’ Nation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuffed President Donald Trump’s sympathy for the nation’s people after mass protests broke out over economic conditions in Iran.

“This man who today in America wants to sympathize with our people has forgotten that a few months ago he called the nation of Iran terrorist,” Rouhani said on Sunday, according to Arutz Sheva 7.

He was likely referring to Trump’s Sunday tweets in which he said Iran’s people wised up to the government misusing their wealth:

Trump’s tweets came amid heightened tension with the Iranian government over its nuclear program and state sponsorship of terrorism.

In a September speech at the United Nations, Trump provoked Iran’s ire after he accused the country of propping up “a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.” Iran, Trump said, funneled its country’s money into terrorist activity rather than the Iranian people.

Amid protests on Monday, Trump reiterated his support for the nation’s people and claimed the country failed “at every level”:

As CNN reported, the death toll rose as protests broke out in multiple cities in Iran on Monday. Video reportedly showed demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans like “death to Khamenei,” a reference to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Amid the protests, Iran’s regime reportedly blocked social media access and the people experienced internet outages across the country.

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