John Bolton Threatens Our European Allies With Sanctions

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

What will happen if Iran and the European Union maintain ties under the nuclear deal that Trump just violated and withdrew from?

Trump's national security adviser appeared on CNN yesterday morning where he said it's entirely possible the Trump regime will impose sanctions on European businesses that continue to do business with Iran.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said U.S. sanctions on European companies that maintain business dealings with Iran were “possible,” while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he remained hopeful Washington and its allies could strike a new nuclear deal with Tehran.

Bolton struck a more hawkish tone with his comments in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” program than Pompeo did on “Fox News Sunday.”

Bolton is not the first member of the Trump regime to say this, but he is the highest ranking person closest to Trump to say so.

For their part, the European Union (EU) is preparing to pass legislation to shield their businesses from American sanctions and even those planning to leave the EU say they will protect their businesses. British foreign minister Boris Johnson said this afternoon that the United Kingdom will do everything it can to protect their businesses from American sanctions.

It's easy to envision an end game here where the only companies prevented from doing business in Iran are our own. Trump will have closed the market to American interests while European, Russian, and Chinese interests move in to fill the void.

I don't think you could overstate the implications of this. Trump is turning us into a pariah state that will be increasingly left out of major diplomatic decisions because we simply can't be trusted to honor them. Future alliances and deals will be brokered without American interests being represented.

What I'm saying is -- America will finally be great again.

  • Badgerite

    As you point out, such an action will hurt only the United States. Great move.

  • muselet

    I keep saying this, but it’s going to take at least a generation to rebuild the US’s image in the world after Donald Trump leaves office.


    • ninjaf

      I think we are experiencing first hand the death of a super power right now.

      • muselet

        I’m afraid you’re right.


  • fry1laurie

    Punish our allies with sanctions if they don’t agree to Iran sanctions, buy when a Chinese (?) company has oto face the damage that sanctions caused them (for trading with NK and Iran!!!), the Drumpf administration can’t work fast enough. Regan’s head didn’t spin this fast in the Exorcist.

  • ninjaf

    Can we please stop with all of their winning?