President Donald Trump has impressed with foreign officials, members of his administration and others negotiating in Iran that he is actively considering a $ 15 billion French loan facility to Iran if Tehran returns in line with nuclear Obama-era agreement.
In recent weeks, Trump has shown openness to the entertainment of President Emmanuel Macron's plan, according to four sources with knowledge of Trump's talks with the French leader. Two of those sources said State Department officials, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, are also open to weigh in on the French proposal, which would effectively ease the economic sanctions regime that the Trump administration has been applying to Tehran for more than a year.
The deal concluded by France will compensate Iran for oil sales violated by US sanctions. Much of Iran's economy relies on money from oil sales. Most of this money is frozen in bank accounts around the world. The $ 1
While Trump is skeptical about helping Iran without prerequisites, in public, the president has at least hinted at openness to consider Macron's appointment of the Iranian government – a move aimed at helping Iranians stand on the table for negotiations. and to the rescue of the nuclear deal that Trump and his former national security adviser, John Bolton, worked so hard for a torpedo.
At a G7 summit in Biarritz, France last month, Trump told reporters that Iran may need a "short-term loan or loan letter" that could "get them over a very rough round."
Iranian Prime Minister Javad Zarif appeared surprisingly at this meeting. For Robert Malei, who worked on Iran's politics during the Obama administration, this visit indicated that "Trump must have signaled openness to Macron's idea, otherwise Zarif would not have reached Biarritz at the last minute." Clearly, Trump responded to Macron in a way that prompted the French president to invite Zarif and Zarif to come, "he said.
The French proposal would require the Trump administration to grant relief from Iranian sanctions. That would be a big departure from the the so-called camp The "maximum pressure" of the Trump administration to exact financial punishments against the Tehran regime, ironically, during his presidency, President Barack Obama followed a different approach to bring Iranians to the negotiating table by squeezing Iran's economy with the sanctions, before promising relief for the talks.The talks led to a nuclear deal with Iran, which President Trump called "rot" – and pulled the United States during its first term.
Trump's flirtations with – if not outright enthusiasm – somberly sat down with America's foreign dictators and geopolitical enemies. is largely driven by his desire for historical photographs and to be seen as a major bargain. This desire is so strong that it may motivate him to refocus his policy-making and communication years on his own administration.
And while President Trump has not yet agreed to anything, he has expressed his willingness to cooperate on such a proposal at various times during the last month, including at the G7 meeting in Biarritz, France, according to four sources with knowledge of the talks. to the president about the deal.
Several sources have told The Daily Beast that foreign officials are expecting Trump or agreeing to cooperate. on the French deal or offer to ease some sanctions on Tehran. Meanwhile, President Trump is also considering meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.
"I believe they would like to make a deal. If they do, that's great. And if they don't, that's great too, "Trump told reporters Wednesday." But they have huge financial difficulties and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher. "When asked if he would ease sanctions on Iran, to get a meeting with Iran, Trump simply replied, "We'll see what happens. I think Iran has huge and huge potential."
State Department officials, the White House and the Treasury did not comment on the story. A spokesman for the National Security Council simply directed The Daily Beast to co Trump's entertainers on Wednesday for Iran, Bolton also did not comment on Wednesday. including the president. ”
– a source close to Mike Pompeo