According to The Hill, Trump announced Tuesday that he will withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, breaking with European allies, fulfilling a major campaign promise and dealing a significant blow to the international agreement negotiated by his predecessor.
“Today’s action sends a critical message: the United States no longer makes empty threats,” a triumphant Trump said during a televised address from the Diplomatic Room of the White House as Vice President Pence, national security adviser John Bolton and others looked on.
The president called the accord put in place under former President Barack Obama in 2015 “a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”
“It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will,” he added.
In 2015, when a desperate President Obama decided to implement a deal with Iran in the face of fierce Republican opposition Congress (and even some Democratic defections), he was taking a gamble. The thinking was: either a pro-Iran deal Democrat wins the presidency in 2016 and keeps it in place, or the deal becomes so entrenched that even a Republican president wouldn’t have the guts to pull out.
Today, Obama lost that gamble, when President Trump announced that he was withdrawing the United States and reimposing sanctions on Iran. In January, Trump set a 120-day ultimatum that he would be pulling out of the deal if Congress and/or the Europeans could not fix its fundamental flaws. Many thought he was bluffing. Even in the days leading up to the announcement, a number of informed observers had suggested that maybe he’d propose some sort of halfway measures. But on Tuesday, Trump followed through, promising to impose “the highest level of economic sanctions” not just on Iran, but on countries that do business with Iran, thus helping the regime’s quest for nuclear weapons.
The Iran deal, which looked bad at the time, only got worse with age.
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