As protests increase on the streets of Iran in response to the corrupt leadership of President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, several world leaders have decided to chime in. As expected, Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts, though they were nearly identical to what was posted just hours before by his press secretary.

Trump on Iran

Unrest in the Middle East has been a common occurrence in global politics, with Iran being one of the strongest powerhouse nations in the region. Led by President Hassan Rouhani, as well as Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iran has come under fire in recent years due to alleged corruption, as well as their constant meddling in conflicts in neighboring countries, while being accused of funding Islamic terrorist groups to do their dirty work in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

These issues have caused major problems with many Iranian citizens, who decided to protest on the streets in various cities, including the capital in Tehran, on Friday. Protesters got violent at times, with chants of "We don't want Islamic Republic!" and "Clerics shame on you, let go of our country!" being captured on video and posted across social media. Since then, the U.S. State Department has come out to publicly back the protesters against the Iranian government, which led to Donald Trump sending out a tweet on the matter on December 29.

In a tweet posted on Friday night, Donald Trump doubled down on the State Department narrative with a post about the protests in Iran.

"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," Trump posted, before calling on the government of Iran to "respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves."

Donald Trump's tweet came three hours after Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave her remarks on social media, with the president appearing to plagiarize his own Secretary of State.

In response, social media critics of the president wasted no time firing back.

Instant reaction

In response to his post, Donald Trump came under fire over his post and for taking Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet and using it as his own.

"Ummm...Sarah H. Sanders already said this. You copied her tweet," a tweet pointed out.

"Oh. Wait. So peaceful protests in Iran are worthy of your support, but peaceful protests here at home are sedition?

Go back to the golf course. Have a Diet Coke. Watch some reruns of FOX news," another tweet added. "You are officially the pot calling the kettle black. And we know how you feel about those that are Black," an additional tweet noted.

"Get used to it. You're regime is next unless you figure out how to play by the rule of law," yet another Twitter user wrote. "Good thing they aren't doing anything outlandish - like kneeling or something," a follow-up tweet read.