President Trump should take decisive activity in 2018 to support the ouster of the virulently anti-American theocracy that has ruled Iran with an iron fist and threatened its neighbours for the past four decades.

The president’s first step should be to fling American support behind the brave anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets in mass demoes across the Islamic Republic since Thursday. The street protests continued Saturday, with shows in metropolis including the capital of Tehran and Kermanshah.

In a good first step, the U.S. State Department announced Friday that the America “strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We advocate all nations to publicly is in favour of Iranian people and their a requirement for basic rights and an end to corruption.”

President Trump himself applied his Twitter account to condemn the arrest of objectors in Iran, writing late Friday night: “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption& its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! ”

Saturday afternoon he tweeted from part of his September U.N. General Assembly address where he specifically mentioned Iran: