June 13, 2024
Trump warms to Iran meeting: 'I have very good feelings about it'
U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hug after their joint press conference at the G7 summit Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 in Biarritz, southwestern France.
U.S President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hug after their joint press conference at the G7 summit Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 in Biarritz, southwestern France.

President Trump edged closer Monday to a historic meeting with Iran’s president as he wrapped up the Group of Seven summit in France, a conference that ended on friendlier terms than a year ago but still displayed sharp differences among the globe’s leading industrial democracies over trade, climate change and Russia.

After days of plotting by French President Emmanuel Macron to get U.S. and Iranian officials together at the summit site of Biarritz, France, Mr. Trump said he wasn’t ready to discuss a new nuclear deal with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

“I knew he was coming,” the president said. “It’s too soon. I didn’t think it was appropriate to meet.”

But the president expressed a willingness to consider Mr. Macron’s proposal to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani within the next few weeks “if the circumstances were correct or right.”

“I would certainly agree to that,” Mr. Trump said during a joint press conference with Mr. Macron. “I think there’s a really good chance we will meet. I have very good feelings about it. I think Iran wants to have this situation straightened out. They are hurting badly.”

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