President Donald Trump said during a Monday joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he would meet with the leaders of Iran with “no preconditions.”
A Reuters reporter asked Trump if he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a similar way he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladamir Putin.
“You have met with the leaders of North Korea and Russia. Are you prepared also — will you willing to meet with the President of Iran? And under what conditions?” the reporter asked.
“I will meet with anybody,” Trump said. “Speaking to other people, especially when you are talking about potentials of war and death, and famine and lots of other things, you meet. There is nothing wrong with meeting.”
“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,” Trump added.
The reporter followed up and asked if the president had any preconditions for meeting with Iranian leaders.
“No preconditions; If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump responded.
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