Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps ‘brutalizes’ Iranian people

President Trump walking in the White House (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)
Donald Trump (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

President Trump has denounced the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as “a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad.”

The Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “is not Iranian in name or deed,” the president said March 19 in his message to the people of Iran marking Nowruz, the beginning of the Persian New Year.

Trump condemned the Revolutionary Guard Corps for these actions:

  • Spending more than $16 billion of Iran’s wealth to prop up the Assad regime and support terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen while the average Iranian family is 15 percent poorer today than it was 10 years ago.
  • Exacerbating the effects of an ongoing drought through corruption and mismanagement. Unregulated dam construction has dried rivers and lakes and helped to create dust storms that threaten Iranians’ jobs and lives.
  • Suppressing Iranians’ rights to free assembly, access to information and equal opportunity.

“Despite the oppression they face, Iranians are fighting to reclaim their rights,” Trump said. “They long for a springtime of hope, and the United States stands with the Iranian people in their aspirations to connect to the wider world and have a responsible and accountable government that truly serves their nation’s interests.”