President Trump on Sunday, Sept. 15, denied reports that he is willing to meet with Iran, “The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, ‘No Conditions.’ That is an incorrect statement (as usual!),” Trump tweeted.
The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, “No Conditions.” That is an incorrect statement (as usual!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
The tweet comes after the drone attack on facilities in Saudi Arabia, which cut half oil production of the kingdom, affecting global oil prices.
Earlier, top officials in the Trump administration said that the president would meet Iran with no conditions.
“The president has made very clear he is prepared to meet with no preconditions,” Secretary of State, Pompeo told reporters in press conference.
Secretary of Department of Treasury, Mnuchin said on Thursday said that the president “has said he would sit down with Rouhani with no conditions.”
Pompeo blamed Iran for the Saudi oil attack on Twitter late Saturday, and officials worked to provide evidence for his claim the following day.
“Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo wrote. “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”
“The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied, and Iran is held accountable for its aggression,” Pompeo tweeted.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Sunday dismissed Pompeo’s remarks as “blind and futile comments.”
“The Americans adopted the ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning toward ‘maximum lies,’” Mousavi said in a statement.
The United States considered a response to the attacked when President Trump mentioned “locked and loaded” but did not name Iran as Pompeo did a day earlier.
Includes reporting from The Associate Press