President Donald Trump on Tuesday cleaned up earlier comments indicating a lack of support for protesters in Iran, telling reporters he misunderstood the question.
During a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in London, Trump raised eyebrows when he was asked about protests that have raged across the country for weeks and provoked a violent government response resulting in civilian deaths estimated to be in the hundreds.
“I don’t want to comment on that. But the answer is no. But I don’t want to comment on that,” he answered cryptically in response to a question about whether he supported the protesters. The answer would have marked a massive split from his top diplomat Mike Pompeo and the special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook.