Trump Says He’s Willing to Meet With Iranian President With ‘No Preconditions’
President Donald Trump said in his Monday press conference that he’s open to the possibility of meeting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.
Earlier this month, Trump and the Iranian government exchanged several threats alluding to the possibility of war between America and Iran. As Trump took questions today during his joint press conference with Italy’s Giuseppe Conte, he was asked whether he’d meet with Iran’s leaders in a similar manner to his recent summits with Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.
“I will meet with anybody,” Trump said, touting his previous two summits while bashing the coverage from the “fake news.” After going on a critical tangent about NATO, Trump got back on track by reaffirming that he’ll meet with Iran’s leaders to negotiate a new nuclear agreement.
“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know that they are ready yet, they are having a hard time right now. But I ended the Iran deal, It was a ridiculous deal. I believe they will wind up wanting to meet. I’m ready to meet whenever they want to.”
When asked if he would set any preconditions to such a meeting, Trump said “No preconditions. They want to meet, I’ll meet. Any time they want.”
Interesting side note: former president Barack Obama said he wouldn’t set any preconditions while meeting with Iran’s leadership. This was received with a fair amount of conservative criticism at the time.
Watch above, via CNN.
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