President Trump on Monday, at the White House, was visiting with reporters said he expects the United States to make a deal with Iran should he win reelection.
The president touted the historic normalization treaties with Israel being signed by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. He said that his administration hopes to bring more peace to the region and that his reelection was critical to that mission.
Trump said that after the election, within a very short period of time, maybe a week or a month, “You’ll have Iran coming back and saying, ‘Let’s get this whole thing worked out,’” he predicted. “Iran is suffering. … I don’t want them to suffer. Their economy has tanked.” The President also added, “We’ll see what happens with Iran. I think Iran will end up being a part of a very large and very, very difficult part of the world and If we win, we’ll have a deal with Iran. I think we’re going to make a deal with Iran.”
The president said that he thinks Iran, led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wants to make a deal but that they are waiting to see who wins in November and would prefer to negotiate with Trump’s Democratic competitor Joe Biden.
Trump’s assertion that Tehran would prefer a Biden presidency is a common refrain for him. The claim is partially backed up by an August statement released by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director Bill Evanina. Evanina wrote that the intelligence community’s assessment was that Iran will likely try to “undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump,” and divide the country in the lead-up to the November election. He said that Iran’s motivation “is in part driven by a perception that President Trump’s reelection would result in a continuation of U.S. pressure on Iran in an effort to foment regime change.”
The push for peace in the Middle East comes after the UAE agreed to become the third Arab nation to ink a treaty with Israel. Bahrain followed suit, and there is an expectation from the president that other Arab countries will also join in the coming weeks and months. Delegations from Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain were at the White House on Tuesday for a signing ceremony.
President Trump has been nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize for his peace arangement efforts in the Middle East.