Trump says he didn't offer Iran a meeting without preconditions. He did, repeatedly.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is denying he previously offered to meet Iranian leaders without preconditions, despite a litany of instances in which he did just that.
Trump’s remarks come as tensions mount in the Middle East following an attack over the weekend on Saudi Arabian oil facilities . Though it is unclear who is responsible, U.S. officials are looking to Iran. The attack has scuttled talk that Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could meet in New York next week at the United Nations.
“The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, ‘No Conditions.’ That is an incorrect statement (as usual!),” Trump posted on Twitter on Sunday.
But the president has repeatedly said he would meet with Rouhani without requiring concessions in advance. His top aides were making that point as recently as last week.
Here are some examples of Trump and members of his administration extending the offer of a meeting.