Protests erupted in Tehran and other cities against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after Iran admitted it “unintentionally” shot down a passenger plane belonging to the Ukraine International Airlines.
According to the New York Times that cited videos, some protestors shouted “Khamenei is a murderer!”
“We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” said Trump.
He also tweeted the message in Farsi.
In a separate tweet shortly after appealing to anti-government protestors, Trump urged Tehran to let human rights groups monitor demonstrations, saying the world is watching the protests.
“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people. There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” Trump wrote.
Iranian officials said its military was on high alert in case of American retaliation and it led to believing the doomed plane was an enemy aircraft.
Flight PS752 took off and flew close to a “sensitive military spot” and the plane was brought down due to “human error.”
“Human error at a time of crisis caused by U.S. adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.