President Trump said Monday that he is willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions.
"I believe in meeting...I had a great meeting with President Putin of Russia. ... I would certainly meet with Iran if they’re ready to meet."
Why it matters: The Trump administration has employed destabilization and delegitimization versus the Iranian regime, encouraging its citizens to pile pressure on their government and showing tacit support for regime change. Rouhani has reportedly rejected meeting in the past. Now, Trump’s willingness to meet is a stated U.S. position.