While his predecessor was hesitant and perhaps overly cautious, President Donald Trump was quick to offer his support to Iranian protesters that are critical of the country’s leadership.

Tensions are running high in Iran as significant anti-government protests — the largest in years — have broken out in cities across the country. The protests began Thursday in the second most populous city, Mashhad, with people expressing dissatisfaction with Iran’s growing economic problems.

The following day, the protests spread to half a dozen cities and evolved into broad anti-government demonstrations. While protesters numbered in the hundreds in some places, there were thousands in others.

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