Trump considering giving Iran $15 billion if they comply with Obama-era deal again (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump's foreign policy is shaping up to take a drastic turn just days after the ouster of John Bolton as national security adviser, widely seen as the chief architect in opposing Iran in the administration.
According to foreign officials, members in his administration, others involved in the Iranian negotiations, and reporting from the Daily Beast, President Trump is considering a French plan to extend a $15 billion credit line to the Iranians if Tehran comes back into compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Basically, Trump is wanting to give cash to Iran if they come to the exact same terms already in place before Trump decided to nix the deal. This is so odd. Trump has attacked the deal relentlessly on the campaign trail and as president. Why the sudden change?
Bolton wasn't on board, that's for sure, but that doesn't fully explain it. Let's be clear: this is a major departure from Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign to enact financial punishments on Tehran. This is pretty much what former President Barack Obama did to get Tehran to the negotiating table, a tactic that the Republican Party ridiculed.
Nothing has been agreed to yet, so there's that. But, this isn't speculation. Trump's willingness to come to the table again in this fashion is why Iranian Prime Minister Javad Zarif made a surprise appearance at the G7 meetin in Biarritz, France last month. President Macron invited him after Trump showed he was open to the idea.
Trump also commented on it today:
"I do believe they'd 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 tremendous financial difficulty, and the sanctions are getting tougher and tougher."
So far, it appears Iran is winning this fight. They have long maintained that a deal won't get done again until Trump relaxes sanctions.
“Trump really needs something before the election, and Iran knows that,” said Gary Sick, an Iran scholar at Columbia University. “So, in effect, Iran is negotiating from a position of strength.”