Thursday, President Trump said no one is authorized to speak to Iran on behalf of the United States, and he accused French President Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Tehran over possible talks.
“I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself,” President Trump said in a series of Tweets.
A report earlier this week said Mr. Macron had invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to this month’s G-7 Summit to meet President Trump. A French diplomat denied the report.
Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on President Trump’s Iran Tweets.
European leaders are seeking to defuse the brewing confrontation between Tehran and Washington after President Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear last year and renewed sanctions in an effort to drive a hard new deal,
Tehran has responded with a series of moves, including seizing a British tanker in the Gulf and retreating from some of its commitments to limit its nuclear activity made under the deal.
The crisis is expected to be a focus at the G-7 Summit later this month. President Trump and his administration officials have previously said he is open to talks with Iran and that the United States does not want war with Iran.