Now, the commander-in-chief has introduced it to the world of worldwide politics, with a twist: Trump plays both the cops simultaneously.
Former IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei also told Trump, “You can not renege on a deal considered by all as a keystone, threaten the country, humiliate its leaders and then impulsively call for talks!”
And these words are also matched by actions.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he supports the president’s desire to talk with Iranian leaders – but not without preconditions. “The Iranian economy is suffering badly, inflation is up, the rial is down, so there will be pressure – but if Iran’s past reactions to pressure are any guide, it will take some time if there ever is a meeting”.
Iranian protesters in central Tehran on June 25, 2018. Hard-line opponents of engagement with the West, in turn, have gained stature from Mr. Trump’s move, which validated their argument that the USA can’t be trusted. In the last two days alone, it lost 20 percent of its worth. “But now maybe Trump wants to give the Iranian people an opportunity and, God willing, it could be a way to get past our disastrous situation”, added Hushiar, an office manager in her 50s. “Senior American officials have stated that there is no change in America’s firm policy on Iran”.
President Donald Trump said in his Monday press conference that he’s open to the possibility of meeting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. On Monday, he said that he would be willing to meet Rouhani without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.
Trump said he would set “no preconditions”, and, “If they want to meet, I’ll meet, anytime they want”.
Administration officials have not responded to the Tweet, but it can be assumed that President Trump would not bring the United States back into the existing nuclear deal. But Iran isn’t going to do this, any more, frankly, than North Korea will.
The President’s sudden willingness to consider a meeting with Iran’s leaders echoes his about-face on meeting with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un. The other was that Iran’s ballistic missile development was not covered under the agreement.
Scepticism was rife in Iran on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump offered talks, with one lawmaker saying negotiations would be a “humiliation”. Iran would make a summit conditional on America reaffirming its commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The US and Iran have become more hostile since America’s withdrawal from the landmark nuclear accord.
Trump continued to double down on his threat to shut down the USA government if Congress does not sign off on his border security proposals, emphasizing that in addition to his long list of measures, “border security includes the wall” he has promised to build on the U.S.’s southern border.