Is the Trump regime going to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?
It's not clear what Trump is going to do, but we do know he wants to withdraw from the deal even if he has no clue what it is or how it works.
Trump reportedly blew up at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis for recommending that we honor the deal according to the Washington Post.
He was incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits. He did not want to certify to Congress that the agreement remained in the vital U.S. national security interest and that Iran was meeting its obligations. He did not think either was true.
“He threw a fit,” said one person familiar with the meeting. “. . . He was furious. Really furious. It’s clear he felt jammed.”
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is reportedly trying to craft a plan for Trump that will make him feel good while not necessarily withdrawing from the Iran deal.
That's a very narrow needle to thread and simply giving the appearance that we're withdrawing from the deal will have significant consequences. No adversarial regime will have any reason to deal with us in the future and even some of our closest allies will question the word of America.
If you are someone who is worried about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, you should know that Trump withdrawing from this deal will give Iran all the political capital it needs to build weapons.
Trump may be the biggest force for nuclear proliferation in the world.