UPDATED 2:06 PM PT — Thursday, August 8, 2019
President Trump says Iran is in serious financial trouble, and desperately wants to speak with the U.S. However, the Islamic Republic may be getting “mixed signals” from other world leaders.
In a series of tweets Thursday, the president called out French President Emmanuel Macron by insinuating that the may very well be misrepresenting America’s position in his talks with Tehran. He continued by saying no other country is authorized to speak on America’s behalf.
….I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself. No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2019
The president also said talks between Iran and the EU may be hindering peace in the Middle East. However, Iranian officials have said they will only engage in talks if all parties return to compliance with the failed nuclear deal.
“We are ready for cooperation. The nuclear deal is the greatest document showing that Iran is committed to its obligations, and has no fear to stand in front of the six great world powers and make a deal, which Mr. Trump says is the worst deal in history for the U.S.”
— Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister – Iran
President Trump says the EU’s efforts to keep the nuclear deal alive gives Iran mixed signals, and may be preventing a new deal with Iran to curb its destabilizing actions.