Washington, D.C., and New York, July 21 – United States Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York City on Thursday, July 18, 2019, to discuss whether both the United States and Iran would be willing to engage in full negotiations to avert the crisis over Iran’s aggression in the Straits of Hormuz and with respect to the possibility that Iran might ratify the Additional Protocol. President Donald Trump fully authorized the meeting and Senator Paul’s actions.
The Golden Hammer confirmed the meeting through a member of the Republican leadership in the United States House of Representatives and a member of Senator Paul’s staff both of whom requested anonymity.
Under the Additional Protocol, Iran would agree to the terms of the longstanding Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and would permit inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
President Donald Trump confirmed during a press conference on Friday, July 19, that Senator Paul’s meeting with Zarif had President Trump’s authority. President Trump said, “Rand is a friend of mine. And Rand asked me if he could involved. The answer is yes. And if other senators ask me to get involved, I’d probably say yes depending on who they were.”
President Trump elaborated further, “Iran is in big trouble right now. Their economy is crashing. It’s coming to a crash. They’re trying to bring soldiers back home because they can’t pay them. A lot of bad things are happening to them. And it’s very easy to straighten out or it’s very easy for us to make it a lot worse.”
Senator Paul has generally followed the realist strand of conservatism in foreign policy matters and has rejected neoconservatism. His foreign policy views are very similar to those of his father, former United States Congressman Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, who is also the Founder of the Campaign for Liberty.
Senator Paul did not respond to requests for comment.