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President
Donald Trump on Monday said he’d be willing to meet with Iran
without “preconditions.”

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  • President Donald Trump on Monday said he would meet
    with Iran “anytime they want to” and without “preconditions” —
    roughly a week after threatening Iranian President Hassan
    Rouhani in an all-caps tweet. 
  • “No preconditions. They want to meet? I’ll meet,” Trump
    said. 
  • Republicans were highly critical of former President
    Barack Obama for making
    similar statements regarding meeting with Iran
    .

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would meet with Iran
anytime they want to” and without “preconditions,” the
week after he threatened Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in an
all-caps tweet. 

“I’ll meet with anybody. I believe in meetings… I’m ready
to meet anytime they want to,” Trump said during a joint press
conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who is
visiting Washington, DC. “No preconditions. They want to meet?
I’ll meet.”

Last week, Trump sent a tweet warning Tehran not to
threaten the US after Rouhani said a conflict between the US and
Iran would be the “mother of all wars.”

“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE
UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF
WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO
LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF
VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!” Trump tweeted last
week.

Trump’s tweet prompted reports the US might be considering
a missile strike against Iran, which
Defense Secretary James Mattis sharply denied last week
. The
president’s outburst also sparked harsh words from a top Iranian
general, who warned Trump a war with Iran would
“destroy all that you possess.”

Trump has long taken a belligerent stance toward Iran and
made the controversial decision in May to withdraw the US from
the landmark Iran nuclear deal, which was orchestrated by the
Obama administration. The deal is designed to prevent Iran from
developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the easing of economic
sanctions. 

Multiple US allies, including the UK, France, and Germany,
criticized Trump for pulling the US from the deal. 

But Trump has since signaled a desire to negotiate a new
deal with Iran, and on multiple occasions said he’s open to talks
with the Iranian government.


Republicans were highly critical of former President Barack
Obama
for making
similar statements about meeting Iran’s leaders without
preconditions

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