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 – A White House spokesperson on Friday said President Joe Biden was expressing solidarity with protesters in Iran by telling a political rally that “we’re gonna free Iran.”

John Kirby, the White House national security spokesperson, made the comment to reporters a day after Biden‘s comment at a rally in California.

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(Reporting By Steve Holland)

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