Here Are All The Times Trump Said He’d Meet With Iran Without Preconditions

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event.
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Over the weekend, President Trump cried “Fake News” over reports that he was willing to meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions for the gathering.

But that’s exactly what he’s vowed, word-for-word, on camera in recent weeks. It’s become such a staple platform for Trump that two of his top administration officials even repeated the line during a press conference last week.

During an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd earlier this summer, Todd asked Trump pointedly if he would meet with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with “no preconditions.”

“Not as far as I’m concerned. No preconditions,” Trump said.

Trump made similar remarks during a press conference in July, when he expressed interest in meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“I believe in meeting. I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know if they’re ready yet,” he said. “I’m ready to meet anytime they want to. No preconditions. If they want to meet, we’ll meet.”

Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated that stance as well last week during a press briefing when both individually said “no preconditions” would be necessary for a meeting with Iran over its nuclear program.

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