As President Trump weighs whether to continue U.S. engagement in the Iran nuclear deal, European powers are pushing hard to appease the Tehran regime and continue the infamous Iran nuclear agreement. The deal was enacted in the U.S. unilaterally by President Obama — without the consent of Congress and without the support of the American people.
President Trump promised to ax the deal on the campaign trail. He has until Friday to make a decision on whether to extend it for another 90 days.
In a meeting with regime officials Thursday, European diplomats argued that the agreement has made the world safer.
“Unity is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer, that is preventing a nuclear arms race in the region,” EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.
Unfortunately, 500,000 Syrians, tens of thousands of Yemeni nationals, and Iranian protesters currently being tortured and killed by Iran’s secret police were unavailable for comment.
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After applauding fellow Europeans for continuing the agreement, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian demanded that “our American allies should respect it as well. There is no particular reason for any rupture.”
Back in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, an advocate for the deal, told reporters Thursday that the president has not yet made a final decision.
"He’s going to get to make that decision this afternoon. We have a session scheduled with him over at the Oval [Office] today,” Tillerson said.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that President Trump will stay in the Iran Deal.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the president has not yet made a final decision on the matter, adding that President Trump believes the Obama-era agreement is “one of the worst deals of all time.”
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin commented that the Iran deal “needs to be changed” to hone in on Iran’s ballistic missile program and the regime’s other threatening activities.
Senator Bob Corker has teamed up with Democrats (and reportedly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster) in a last-minute push to make the deal more permanent. Corker, who helped former President Obama secure the nuclear deal by torching the Constitution, has attempted to get back into the good graces of President Trump while lobbying for his suggested plan.
During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to rip up “the worst deal ever,” but he has yet to make good on that vow, now one year into his administration. He is surrounded by advisers (like Tillerson, McMaster, and select Republicans, like Sen. Bob Corker) who are urging him to stay in the deal.