Iran's supreme leader has taken to Twitter to attack President Donald Trump, accusing the U.S. leader of attempting to stir unrest after a wave of protests hit his country.
Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's official Twitter account posted a string of 11 tweets on Tuesday, all of them criticizing what the revolutionary leader claimed was a U.S.-led conspiracy that had manifested itself in violent anti-government protests.
While Khamenei has acknowledged legitimate demonstrations against economic conditions, he criticized Trump's Twitter support for those Iranians "trying to take back their corrupt government" and appeared to enter the debate over recent, controversial allegations about the mental health of the president, who insisted Saturday he was "a very stable genius."
"U.S. officials should know that, firstly, they have missed their target: and if they target Iran again, they will fail. Secondly, they have inflicted damage upon Iran in recent days, and they should know this won't be left without a response," Khamenei tweeted.
"Thirdly, this man who sits at the head of the White House— although, he seems to be a very unstable man--he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes won't be left without a response," he added.
Protests swelled in major cities across Iran in recent weeks after a leaked national budget showed gas price hikes and welfare cuts that spared the military and religious institutions that control much of Iran's economy.