Iran is going through several days of strong protests against the regime over economic oppression and lack of rights. President Trump has expressed immediate and unwavering support for the protesters. The same cannot be said the last time there were similar protests in 2009 when President Obama chose to side with the nation he’d hoped would solidify his foreign policy legacy.
His former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Michael Mullen, made a comment that appeared to demonstrate the weakness of the administration back then. While not explicitly attacking the President, his words left room for us to read between the lines:
“I think we chose to not be as supportive as we could have been then. And I hope we can be right now so that Iran can continue to evolve.”
Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen appeared on ABC News “This Week” where he voiced concern that President Barack Obama was not as supportive of anti-government Iranian protesters as he should have been in 2009. He told ABC News that he hopes President Donald J. Trump is “supportive of more freedoms in that country.”
Host Martha Raddatz asked Mullen his opinion regarding President Trump’s response to the recent Iranian protests. Mullen was supportive and made key distinctions between how President Obama handled the situation in 2009 and how President Trump is in present day.