Trump on Iran Deal: ‘I Have Decided’

By Melanie Arter | September 20, 2017 | 3:26pm EDT
President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Screenshot of White House video)

( – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has made a decision on the Iran deal, although he wouldn’t indicate what that decision is or when he’ll announce it.

Prior to a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said, “I have decided,” when reporters asked whether he had decided that the U.S. would honor the Iran deal that the previous administration brokered or break the deal.


When asked when he would make an announcement, the president said, “I’ll let you know.”

Meanwhile, Trump said it was “a great honor” to have Abbas and his representatives with the U.S. delegation, adding that Abbas and his people “have been working very hard with everybody involved toward peace.”

“I mean, we're looking seriously at peace, and maybe, ultimately, peace in the whole of the Middle East, and I think we have a pretty good shot -- maybe the best shot ever -- and that's what we're looking to do,” he said.

“It's a complex subject - always been considered the toughest deal of all. Peace between Israel and the Palestinians -- the toughest of all - but I think we have a very, very good chance, and I certainly will devote everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made,” the president said.

“Our team is expert. Your team is expert. Israel is working very hard toward the same goal, and I must tell you, Saudi Arabia and many of the different nations are working also hard,” he said. “So we'll see if we can put it together. Who knows? Stranger things have happened, but I think we have a good chance, and it's a great honor to have you with us.”

Abbas thanked the president for allowing the Palestinian Authority to meet with him for the first time this year.

“And if this is any proof to anything, it means -- it attests to the seriousness of Your Excellency, Mr. President, to achieve the deal of the century in the Middle East during this year or in the coming months, God willing,” Abbas said.

“And we are very certain that you, Mr. President, are determined to reach real peace in the Middle East, and this gives us the assurance and the confidence that we are on the verge of real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Abbas added.

“And I would not be giving away any secrets if I say we have met with your brave and active delegation more than 20 times since your ascension to power in the White House, and if this is any indication to anything, it indicates how serious you are about peace in the Middle East,” the Palestinian leader said.

“And allow me, Mr. President, to use this opportunity to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Jewish people on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah today, and to the Muslim people on the occasion of the new Islamic year tomorrow.  And this is a very sweet coincidence that we can celebrate the new year together within a 24-hour period, and if this is an indication to anything it means that we can coexist peacefully together,” Abbas said.

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