President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed to have “tremendous numbers of Iranian friends” who he noted are “from Iran” during an Oval Office press availability.
Trump was asked by a reporter about the latest letter he received from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
“Just a nice letter back and forth,” he said. “He wrote me a beautiful on my birthday. It was my birthday, as you know, last week. He wrote me a beautiful letter. I thought it was very nice. And just two friendly letters. We get along very well.”
Trump then turned his attention to Iran, telling reporters: “As far as Iran is concerned, the deal was a horrible deal. It was no good. It was no good. It ended in a very short period of time. We’re dealing about countries. It ended in a very short period of time. They would have had a clear path to a nuclear weapon. We’re not going to allow that to happen. You can’t do it.”
He continued: “And I’m all for Iran. I have so many people — Iranian friends. I come from New York. I have tremendous numbers of Iranian friends. They’re great people. They’re from Iran. They’re wonderful people. It’s too bad this is happening. They’re living badly right now. Their country is not doing well, economically, at all. That can be changed very quickly, very easily. But they have to get rid of the hostility from the leadership. And the leadership — I hope they stay. I hope they do a great job. But they should talk to us decently.”
Trump: "I'm all for Iran…I have tremendous numbers of Iranian friends. They're great people. They're from Iran. They're wonderful people. It's too bad this is happening."
If this weren't so scary it would be comical. pic.twitter.com/vQn5h0KjLW
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