As violent protests continued to rock Iran, President Trump in an early morning tweet said the United States will give "great support" to Iran at an "appropriate time". The anti-government demonstrations which began on December 28th in Mashhad quickly spread to western Kermanshah and religious centre Qom. Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018 × The protests spread to Tehran on December 31st in which 200 people were arrested. Iranian media and officials reported later 10 people had died during the protests overnight. On January 1st, Rouhani played down the protests as "nothing" and insisted the Iranian people will "respond to rioters and lawbreakers". President Donald Trump hit back saying it is "time for change" in Iran and later denounced the Iranian regime as "brutal and corrupt". Keeping the pressure on Iran, US envoy Nikki Haley on Tuesday called for an emergency session on Iran at the UN Security Council. Rouhani phoned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to demand action against "terrorist" Iranian opposition group as the French president called for "restraint and appeasement".