The two men took to the White House’s East Room to make statements on, and take questions about, their morning discussions about the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump keeps threatening to tear up on May 12, aka deal’s re-certification deadline, and Macron came to town to talk him out of.
Macron has said he wants to made additions to the deal to shore it up but does not want to tear it up.
Speaking of Trump, the former Celebrity Apprentice star-turned-president of the United States stuck to his own script, turning to Macron and saying, “Mr. President, you have a pretty good idea” about what he is leaning toward on the nuke deal, after their morning talks ran long and delayed the presser by about an hour, which pundits took as a good sign.
“But we’ll see,” he added, like always. “We’ll see also if I do what some people expect, whether or not it will be possible to do a new deal with solid foundations.”
The existing deal, Trump scoffed, “is a deal with decayed foundations. It’s a bad deal, it’s a bad structure, it’s falling down, it should have never ever been made.
“I blame Congress. I blame a lot of people for it. But it should have never been made. And we’re going to see what happens on the 12th,” Trump said, circling back to his cliffhanger.
Then, a threat: “But, I will say, if Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid, OK?”
His audience in the hall included Veep Mike Pence, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, be-hatted First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron.