President Trump on Thursday, Aug. 8, criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for sending mixed signals to Iran following the report that the French president has invited the Iranian president to this month’s G-7 summit to meet President Trump.
“Iran is in serious financial trouble. They want desperately to talk to the U.S., but are given mixed signals from all of those purporting to represent us, including President Macron of France,” President Trump tweeted.
“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!” he continued.
….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
But Reuters reported that the French president did not invite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the G-7 summit in France, a French diplomat said on Wednesday, denying a report that Macron is seeking a way to cool down a tense confrontation between Tehran and Washington.
Critics said Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, as well as his doubling down on economic sanctions, have set the stage for Iran to lash out at the West and make threats short of triggering a war, according to AP.
Last month, President Trump blasted the Iranian regime, saying “Iran is showing their colors. Going to work out very nicely. Iran is in big trouble right now,” “A lot of bad things are happening to them. It’s very easy to straighten out, or it’s very easy for us to make it a lot worse.”
The president also criticized Iran in another separate tweet, “A Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”
Tensions increased between Washington and Tehran after Iran was accused of attacking oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and downing an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone. President Trump had called off airstrikes against Iran when learning that 150 people could be killed. Instead, additional sanctions are being imposed on Iran’s regime, including Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and other high-ranking officials.