Remarks by President Trump on June 27, 2019 (Excerpts)

June 27, 2019


Q    Is the ball now in Iran’s court as far as, perhaps, a meeting?

THE PRESIDENT:  The ball is in no court.  You know what?  Iran can do whatever they want.  It’s just fine.  I have plenty of time.  But they have a country that’s in economic distress.  It’s an economic disaster right now.  They could solve it quickly, or they could solve it in 10 years from now.  Whatever they want is fine with me.  Whatever they want.  I have all the time in the world.  I’m sitting here — I have all the time in the world.  In the meantime, they have very strong sanctions.  They have to live with those sanctions.  But Iran should do the right thing for their people.

The problem is I don’t believe their leader — I’m not sure that their leaders care for their people.  If they do, they’ll make a deal.  If they don’t, they’re just thinking about themselves.  And they’re selfish, and they’re stupid, if that’s what they’re doing.