What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump criticized French President Emmanuel Macron via Twitter on Aug. 8 for his diplomatic overtures to Iran and his attempts to establish a temporary freeze on sanctions and nuclear escalation.
Why It Matters: Trump's comments indicate that the U.S. government is not interested in negotiating with Iran through an intermediary, particularly on issues related to Tehran's nuclear program and U.S. sanctions.
Background: France has reportedly invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to visit the G-7 summit on Aug. 24 to meet Trump, although French officials have denied any such invitation.
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