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Former Obama Officials Bash Trump Response to Iran Protests

When Iranians rose up against their government in 2009, the Obama administration did nothing. Now, they're taking issue with President Trump doing something.

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2018 @3:30pm
Former Obama Officials Bash Trump Response to Iran Protests

How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet,” reads the title of an op-ed in The New York Times from Philip Gordon, a former assistant secretary of state under President Obama. The piece criticizes President Trump’s outspoken support of Iranian protesters, arguing American backing would be counterproductive.

Gordon wrote that the president should “keep quiet and do nothing,” like President Obama in 2009:

I, too, want to see the government in Tehran weakened, moderated or even removed. So let me offer Mr. Trump some unsolicited advice: Keep quiet and do nothing.

On Friday night and again on Saturday, Mr. Trump sent out tweets calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people’s rights” and warning that “The world is watching!” That’s more than enough. At this stage, we have little idea what these protests are really about or where they will lead. But we can be fairly certain that high-profile public support from the United States government will do more harm than good.

The former assistant secretary of state defended the Obama administration’s decision to not support Iranian protesters during the 2009 Green Revolution. Iranian security forces crushed the protests in a violent crackdown, ending any hope for democratic change.

Now that Iran faces another opportunity for an anti-Islamic rule uprising, former Obama officials are criticizing President Trump for backing the Iranian citizens yearning for greater freedom. Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice directly cited Gordon’s piece, tweeting out a link to the story:

Other Obama officials also spoke out, criticizing Trump’s vocal backing of the Iranians:

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