Trump swats at Macron for Iran diplomacy

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Quint Forgey reports:

President Donald Trump on Thursday accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran amid an apparent diplomatic breakdown between Washington and Tehran.

“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself,” Trump continued. “No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!”

The president’s posts follow reportsthat Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has shared several phone conversations with Macron in recent weeks seeking to tamp down tensions with the U.S. 

A French diplomat on Wednesday denied a report that Rouhani had declined a proposal from Macron to meet Trump at the G-7 summit in France later this month, emphasizing that Rouhani had not been invited to the forum of world leaders.

The U.S. imposed sanctions last week on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the latest in a series of economic penalties Trump’s administration has leveled against Iran since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 multinational nuclear deal last year. 

The pact’s European partners — France, Germany and the United Kingdom — have sought to salvage the agreement as Iran has steadily stepped away from its provisions. Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S. must lift all sanctions on Iran if Trump wants to enter negotiations to end the brinkmanship.

Via Politico.com