Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flatly denied that he has asked for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
“Not this year, nor last year,” Rouhani told CNN on Tuesday. “We have never made such a request for a meeting with the president of the United States.”
Trump started his second day at the UN General Assembly in typical fashion, with an early morning tweet. He wrote, “Despite requests, I have no plans to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!”
Rouhani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that while Iran received eight requests from US officials for a meeting last year, he did not think talks between the two leaders were “appropriate,” then or now.
And as for being called “a lovely man” by someone who labeled his country “the leading state sponsor of terror,” Rouhani dismissed the comment, saying Trump is “playing with words and will not get us to any solutions…