Tens of thousands of Saudis have tweeted their approval of President Donald Trump and his stance on Iran, which has challenged Saudi Arabia for dominance in the region through its proxy war in Syria. After Trump issued tweets following Iran’s tests of a ballistic missile over the weekend, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn followed up by criticizing the Obama administration for its failure to "respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions." Flynn, a retired Army general, warned that the Trump administration is putting Iran "on notice." Iran claimed that its new ballistic missile is capable of striking Israel.
In a press conference, Flynn said that a recent attack by Iranian vessels on a Saudi warship made clear “what the international community should have known all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior.”
On Twitter, the #TrumpStopsIranianTerrorism and #TrumpWarnsIranianTerrorism hashtags have popped up nearly 100,000 times since February 4. Among the associated tweets were "Trump is the best leader in the world," which originate mostly in Saudi Arabia. Retweets are coming from media associated with Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy and other pro-Saudi accounts.
Other Twitter users were equally complimentary, placing their trust in Trump to confront the Islamic Republic of Iran. For example, Almut Mamdoh of Saudi Arabia tweeted on February 5, “DonaldTrump is the only one who can stop Iran and their terrorist acts! We support you & have big hopes on you!”
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