(National Sentinel) Revolutionary: Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen has said he hopes that President Donald J. Trump lends more support to Iranians currently protesting the authoritarian theocratic regime than his former boss, President Barack Obama, did.

Mullen said on ABC’s “This Week” that Obama should have backed Iranian protesters in 2009 more than he did. Now that protests are once again roiling the country, Trump should throw his support behind them, he said.

“We chose to not be as supportive as we could have been then,” Mullen said. “And I hope we can be right now so that Iran can continue to evolve. They have an incredibly young population. They look to a future that they cannot see. They’ve been promised change and a healthier economy.

“Protests represent the inability to deliver that so far. I think support of them seems … absolutely the right thing to do,” he added.

As the protests picked up steam over the weekend, Trump tweeted out his support for them, adding that the “U.S. is watching” for any human rights abuses.

Led primarily by college students, security forces for the Iranian government have already killed two protesters while officials have shut down social media networks that have helped facilitate the spread of the protests to cities around the country, the Washington Examiner reported.

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