President Donald Trump has left a message to foreign officials, members of his government, and others involved in Iranian negotiations that he is actively considering a French plan to grant Iranians a $ 15 billion credit line. if Tehran reconciles with this agreement The Obama-era nuclear deal.
Trump has openly demonstrated in recent weeks that he can entertain President Emmanuel Macron's plan. This is evident from four sources who are aware of Trump's talks with the French head of state. Two of these sources indicated that State Department officials, including Minister Mike Pompeo, are also open to weighing the French proposal, which would effectively facilitate the economic sanctions that the Trump government has imposed on Tehran for more than a year ,
France's agreement would compensate Iran for oil sales that were disrupted by US sanctions. Much of Iran's economy relies on cash from the sale of oil. Most of the money is frozen on bank accounts worldwide. The $ 1
While Trump was skeptical about helping Iran without preconditions, the president has at least hinted in public that Macron is open to appeasing the Iranian government – a move designed to help bring Iranians to the negotiating table and to save the nuclear deal that Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton have worked so hard to torpedo.
At the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France last month, Trump told reporters that Iran may need a "short-term letter of credit or loan that could bring them through a very difficult period."
Iran Prime Minister Javad Zarif surprisingly stepped up to this meeting, for Robert Malley, who had worked on Iran's policy during the Obama administration, said that "Trump must have signaled openness to Macron's idea, otherwise Zarif would not be at the last minute "A way that gave the French president a reason to invite Zarif, and Zarif a reason to come."
The French proposal would require the Trump government to lift Iranian sanctions, which would be essential Abandonment of Trump's so-called "maximum pressure" campaign to impose financial sanctions on the regime in Tehran. Ironically, during his tenure, President Barack Obama took a not unremarkable approach to bringing the Iranians to the negotiating table and sanctioned the Iranian economy before pledging to facilitate talks. The talks led to the Iranian nuclear deal, which President Trump called "lazy" and which the US withdrew during his first term in office.
Trump's flirtation with – if not overly enthusiastic – friendly encounters with foreign dictators and America's geopolitical opponents are driven largely by his desire for historic photo opportunities and are considered the dealmaker-in-chief. It is such a strong desire that he can be motivated to boost the politics and messaging of his own government for years to come.
President Trump has not yet agreed, but at various times he has signaled his willingness to cooperate on such a proposal. During the last month, including during the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, four sources reported on the talks Presidents over the deal.
Several sources told The Daily Beast that Trump's foreign officials expect them to agree to cooperate over the French agreement or offer to ease some sanctions against Tehran. At the same time, President Trump is considering meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
"I think they would like to make a deal, if so, that's great, and if it does not, it's great too," Trump told reporters Wednesday, "but they're in huge financial trouble and the sanctions are getting worse Harder. "Asked if he would ease the sanctions on Iran to meet with Iran, Trump simply said," We'll see what happens. I think Iran has tremendous, enormous potential.
Foreign Ministry, White House, and Treasury spokesmen did not comment on this story. A National Security Council spokesman simply referred the Daily Beast to Trump's Wednesday comments on Iran. Also on Wednesday Bolton did not comment.
" In the end, he considered [Bolton] an arsonist hell who set out to set fire to everyone's agenda that did not match his own – including that of the president. "
– Source near Mike Pompeo
Trump's willingness to discuss the line of credit with the French, Iranians and also Japanese President Shinzo Abe was frustrated over Bolton, the Trump since Months ago, his forces had to mitigate his line against the regime in Tehran.
Bolton, who vociferously opposed the Macron proposal, left the Trump administration on Tuesday expressly and under mutually poor conditions. On the way out, Trump and senior officials tried to publicly insist that he was fired when Bolton continued to relay various news that Trump could not release him because he resigned. The former national security adviser and lifelong falcon had ravaged so many feathers in the building and made so many enemies that his older colleagues had repeatedly tried to expel him to Trump for allegedly getting into the media.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bolton told The Daily Beast that the allegations that he was a treat were "completely wrong."
At a press conference held shortly after Bolton's departure on Tuesday, neither Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nor the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressed great sympathy for Bolton's shooting star at Trumpworld. "Ambassador Bolton and I often disagreed," Pompeo told reporters. "That's for sure, but that's the case with many people I interact with."
According to those who know Pompeo well, the secretary's public statement was an obvious understatement.
Whether the president supports Macron or not, it is unclear how Trump is known to take into account or temporarily support high-profile domestic or foreign policy initiatives, just to backtrack quickly or to reverse.