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Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Steals from the People to Fund Terror

Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Steals from the People to Fund Terror

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 - 06:15
President Trump stands in the Oval Office following an interview with Reuters at the White House. Reuters file photo
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US President Donald Trump has attacked Iran's government, particularly the Revolutionary Guard in his greetings to Iranians celebrating the New Year's holiday known as Nowruz.

The Iranian people were burdened by "rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people," Trump said Monday.

He called the Revolutionary Guard "a hostile army that brutalizes and steals from the Iranian people to fund terrorism abroad."

Trump said in the statement the Guard had spent more than $16 billion to prop up Syria's regime and support militants and terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

He also accused the group of impoverishing Iran's people, damaging its environment and suppressing civil rights.

"Twenty-five centuries ago, Darius the Great asked God to protect Iran from three dangers: hostile armies, drought, and falsehood," the president said in the statement. "Today, the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard Corps represents all three."

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